Firefighters Stumble on Bronx Home with 400 Marijuana Plants

NY Post - January 09, 2018

by Tina Moore

Firefighters battling a blaze at a Dominican restaurant in The Bronx stumbled upon a marijuana grow house packed with 400 thriving pot plants, authorities said.

The smoke-eaters were called to the 3 Way restaurant at 384 E. 188th St. around 4 a.m. Sunday because of a fire that had broken out in the kitchen.

The firefighters busted down the door of a second-floor apartment in the building to determine if the fire had spread — only to find the reefer madness.

“They open the door, and they find a bunch of marijuana in a grow house,” an NYPD spokesman said. “They removed over 400 marijuana plants and various marijuana paraphernalia.”

It’s not clear if any flames had spread to the apartment, but the FDNY reached out to the NYPD and cops confiscated the plants.

“We’re on scene for a report of a fire that turns out to be in the kitchen of a restaurant,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long said. “That’s how we stumble upon this scenario.”

Long said he didn’t believe the fire had spread to the flat.

“I don’t think we had any extensions [of flames], and now we’ve got a party going on,” Long said.

There hadn’t been any arrests as of Monday, and cops were still investigating who was responsible for the grow house.