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California Briefing / San Diego

Pot cultivation sparks house fire

March 30, 2009|Garrett Therolf

A home in the Mira Mesa section of San Diego caught fire today when equipment used to grow marijuana malfunctioned, authorities said.

The fire broke out in the 11200 block of Ganesta Road shortly after 5 a.m., causing $100,000 damage to the house and $50,000 to its contents, fire officials said.

The officials said they found 333 marijuana plants on the premises. Joshua Rasmussen, 28, who was asleep when firefighters arrived, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and other charges.

-- Garrett Therolf and Tony Perry

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