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Trash fire leads to discovery of marijuana grow east of Colorado Springs

September 27, 2017 Updated: September 27, 2017 at 11:31 am
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An overnight fire led to the discovery of a marijuana grow in eastern El Paso County. (Courtesy of KKTV)

An overnight fire led to the discovery of 178 marijuana plants in eastern El Paso County.

A resident of Yoder saw huge flames coming from the 33900 block of Fossinger Road and called the Tri-County Fire Department at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters said that the blaze was just a trash fire.

"It was just a small pit fire," said Daniel Snelling with the fire department said to KKTV. "They said that they were burning trash. It wasn't anything big; they said probably a good 3-by-3-foot area burning."

The neighbor who reported the fire also told the El Paso County Sheriff's office that a marijuana grow also might be on the property. Jacqueline Kirby with the sheriff's office said the grow was illegal. The sheriff's office seized the plants and also took a gun from the property.

No one is in custody, but deputies are investigating the incident.

The sheriff's office told KKTV they've been to the home numerous times, most notably in April, when they seized 400 plants from the property.

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