PINOLE (KCBS) – A fire at a single-story home in Pinole led to the discovery a an indoor marijuana growing operation, according to police.

A Contra Costa County fire investigator was on the scene early Tuesday morning after firefighters found suspicious wiring and plants and called police.

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The house on 2900 block of Ramona Street near Pinole Valley High appeared well-kept when firefighters responded to the smoky blaze at around 4:30 a.m.

The garage leads to a back room where an overhead grow light hovered above 5-foot tall marijuana plants.

Officers found some 250 marijuana plants—with a street value of about $750,000 — along with grow lamps and a hydroponics system, police said. Investigators determined that PG&E service to the home had been bypassed.

 

No one was inside and no injuries were reported.

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The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damage, but firefighters were able to save the home’s living space and most of its contents, according to the fire district.

 

 

A fire protection district arson investigator and police detectives were investigating the fire’s cause and the associated criminal activity, police said.

 

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