Busted grow-op a fire waiting to happen: Burnaby RCMP

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Burnaby RCMP's drug section shut down a marijuana grow-operation in South Burnaby recently and likely prevented a neighbourhood fire.

On Aug. 30, officers executed a search warrant on a house in the South Slope neighbourhood and found a large-scale grow-op inside.

A BC Hydro employee on hand was shocked to find an electrical by-pass at the home was so overloaded that part of the meter box had melted.

"It wasn’t a matter of if there would be a fire, it was a matter of when," said Cpl. Stephen Bolt of the Burnaby RCMP's drug section, in a press release. "People need to know that these grow operations are not just hazardous to the occupants of the house, they pose a very real danger to the neighbourhood as a whole."

Burnaby RCMP noted that trees around the home were tinder dry the day of the bust and there was considerable risk due to the proximity of other houses and an elementary school nearby.

The public is asked to report all suspicious activities, including possible marijuana grow-ops, to Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.

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