Firefighters discover marijuana growing operation at house fire

Detroit firefighters discovered more than just flames at a west-side house fire Friday morning.

Crews came across numerous marijuana plants inside the home.

"It feels good, a little munchies but that's about it," quipped Chief Randy Gibson of Battalion 4. "I'm just glad nobody was hurt."

To firefighters it is a little comical, but likely whoever was behind the grow operation inside the house doesn't find it nearly as funny.

Crews responding to the 17000 block of Pierson on Friday got a noseful.

"We smelled something then we found it, some marijuana in the house," Gibson said. "Lots of marijuana."

Inside a couple of the upstairs bedrooms, firefighters discovered close to 30 marijuana plants. Some were even knee-high.

"You begin to smell some odd things," Pastor Ken Keene from Life Challenge Ministries.

Keene said he has seen traffic coming from the house at all hours of the day. His ministries are located right across the street.

Ironically, it's an outreach program that houses men dealing with alcohol or drug addiction.

"Its not completely surprising," he said. "But that's why we are in this community to help with issues like that."

FOX 2 is told that the marijuana would have eventually made it out onto the streets.

Now it is gone and so is an apparent drug house.

"God took care of it, I guess," Keene said.

Detroit police has since taken over the investigation and all of the marijuana has been removed. 

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