Police: House fire east of Toronto leads cops to pot grow-op in basement

CLARINGTON, Ont. — Police say a house fire in a community about 80 kilometres east of Toronto led to the discovery of a marijuana grow-op.

Durham regional police say firefighters who responded to the blaze early Saturday morning found marijuana plants growing in the basement of the Clarington, Ont. home.

They say officers seized 51 marijuana plants, multiple garbage bags full of dried marijuana, a digital scale and a vacuum sealer.

Investigators say they determined the homeowner did not have a licence from Health Canada to grow pot.

A 41-year-old Clarington man is charged with production of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The Canadian Press

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