Firefighters responding to a small fire at a home in Hayward late
Thursday night found a large marijuana grow operation there, a fire
department spokesman said.
The fire was reported at 11:54 p.m. at 23511 Stonewall Ave. and
firefighters arrived to see a smoking electrical line that connected to the
house, Hayward fire spokesman Don Nichelson said.
After the small fire was extinguished along the electrical wire,
crews tried to see if flames extended into the home but the residence "was
boarded up really securely," Nichelson said.
Firefighters suspected the house was being used to grow marijuana
and notified police. They also discovered the residents had bypassed the PG&E
meter for electricity, Nichelson said.
Crews eventually cut a hole into the garage to gain entry to the
home and determined there was no further fire damage, he said.
Investigators found "quite a bit" of marijuana plants inside the
home but no residents were inside, Nichelson said.
The case remains under investigation by Hayward police.