Sophisticated marijuana grow in Detroit sparks house fire, prompts hazmat response

File photo by Steve Neavling.

Detroit firefighters summoned a hazardous materials team to a west-side house that was teeming with marijuana plants maintained by a sophisticated growing system Wednesday evening.

“It’s not a regular grow house,” a firefighter said from inside the burning house at 2932 Sturtevant. “They got plants everywhere.”

2932 Sturtevant via Google Maps.
2932 Sturtevant via Google Maps.

Firefighters were called to the two-story brick house at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday and found a fire on the second floor, where plants were meticulously spread across several rooms, including the kitchen. Fertilizers and other chemicals were in unmarked containers.

“There’s a chemical in a 55-gallon drum with wires and lights coming out of it,” a firefighter advised the chief. “I don’t know what’s in it.”

Not wanting to take any chances, firefighters called in a hazmat team, which determined the site was safe.

Police were on the scene immediately and have begun a criminal investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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