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Fire 'imminent' at grow op shut down by Burnaby RCMP

Burnaby RCMP recently shut down a basement marijuana grow operation that was so dangerous a fire was a very real possibility.

When officers executed a search warrant on the home on Hedley Avenue in Burnaby, they found an electrical bypass that was being used to steal electricity.

A BC Hydro electrician said "the stress on the neighbourhood’s electrical system was so severe that a fire at the location of the grow operation was imminent," said Burnaby RCMP in a press release.

The majority of grow ops shut down so far this year have been located in residential areas, in single-family homes and apartments.

"Marihuana grow operations are not safe. They pose a very real danger to public safety, including the risk of electrical fires and violent criminal behaviour," said Burnaby RCMP Corp. Stephen Bolt of the detachment's drug unit.

A male was arrested near the Hedley Avenue scene and charges have been recommended. Police learned the suspect is also facing additional charges for marihuana trafficking in an unrelated case.

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