Illegal activity causes accidental fire

Noblesville crews work to put out an attic fire at 3211 Westfield Rd. Thursday night.

Noblesville crews work to put out an attic fire at 3211 Westfield Rd. Thursday night.

A heating unit used to grow marijuana started a fire in the attic of a Noblesville home Thursday night.

Division Chief Rick Russell said firefighters were dispatched to a possible kitchen fire at 3211 Westfield Rd. at 9:50 p.m. The home owner, Bruce Cornelius, told officials he was on the couch when he heard something in the attic space. Cornelius stated he could see a glow above the ceiling and tried to extinguish the fire before help arrived but was unsuccessful.

At 9:56 p.m., firefighters arrived to discover smoke coming from the eves of the home. Russell said fire crews made entry into the home to discover a fire in the attic space above one of the bedrooms. It took approximately 25 minutes before the fire was extinguished.

Russell stated the fire had originated in area of a heating element and exhaust unit that was used in a marijuana growing operations. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept. removed approximately 30 plants from the home. The occupant of the residence is cooperating with authorities.

The fire has caused approximately $139,000 in damages. Russell said the fire was ruled accidental and caused no injuries.

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