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

— image credit:

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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
Local charity joins fight against Ebola
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
UPDATE: B.C. legislature to get security scanner
Burnaby to look into problem cyclists
Aboriginal biz tapping into big potential
No-frills park for Maple Ridge downtown
Trial date set for former Maple Ridge chamber executive-director
Lockdown at research station in Agassiz following Ottawa shooting

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.