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PD: Marijuana found in Hartford home after fire

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The house fire was reported at 180 Bonner St. on Wednesday morning. (WFSB) The house fire was reported at 180 Bonner St. on Wednesday morning. (WFSB)
Pot plants are removed from a home in Hartford by police on Wednesday. (WFSB) Pot plants are removed from a home in Hartford by police on Wednesday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Marijuana was found in a home that caught fire in Hartford on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to a fire inside a bedroom at 180 Bonner St. around 11:45 a.m.

The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes. The fire started in the rear bedroom on the second floor and firefighters were able to contain the fire to that room. 

When searching the home, firefighters said they found marijuana plants.

"In their response they discovered what appears to be a Marijuana grow operation," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. 

The scene was turned over to the Hartford Police Department for a criminal investigation.

Investigators said the marijuana is more than whats needed for "personal use." They wouldn’t say how much was found.

But late Wednesday afternoon, Eyewitness News saw at least six marijuana plants being loaded into a police vehicle.

Fire officials are still trying to determine how the fire started

"Lighting in an indoor operation creates a lot of heat and a lot of electricity and there's a potential for fire there," Foley said.  

Thomas E. Leconche with the Hartford Fire Department said they have determined the cause of the fire to be "an overloaded power strip." 

There were no injuries to firefighters or any residents, authorities said. 

"There were a few pets in the house. They're safe and accounted for," Hartford Fire Capt Edwin Diaz said. 

Three adults and multiple pets were displaced by the fire, Leconche said. The Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit and the American Red Cross are assisting those displaced by the fire. 

Eyewitness News did see one person at the property handcuffed and taken away. However police would not say who he was or if he would be charged

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