DESERT HOT SPRINGS – A Desert Hot Springs house fire that broke out today revealed an illegal marijuana grow on the property, with more than 700 plants valued at an estimated $1 million uncovered by police.
The non-injury blaze was reported about 5:45 a.m. at a home in the 65300 block of Osprey Lane, said Detective Christopher Tooth.
Investigators determined that “faulty electrical wiring” connected to the grow sparked the blaze, he said. After obtaining a search warrant, officers seized the plants, which were “in various stages of growth,” Tooth said.
The home’s occupants fled the scene before police arrived, he said.