Fire leads to discovery of hundreds of pot plants in South Bay

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SAN DIEGO – Firefighters found hundreds of marijuana plants inside a home in Palm City, just east of Imperial Beach, according to fire officials.

Smoke was coming from a house on Darwin Way when firefighters arrived around 6:30 p.m. Since no one was home, firefighters had to break their way into the house, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The large marijuana growing operation was uncovered after firefighters extinguished the fire, which started in one of the front bedrooms, SDFRD Capt. Joe Amador said.

Every single room of the house seemed to be dedicated to a marijuana operation, including the garage, Amador said. There was no regular furniture or any indication that anyone even lives there.

Arson units are investigating, and the scene has been turned over to the SDPD Narcotics unit.