Marijuana Growing Operation Starts Warsaw House Fire

3:36 PM, Feb 16, 2013   |    comments
Scott A. Moulton
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WARSAW, N.Y. - Police say a village apartment fire was started by a marijuana growing operation in the attic.

Firefighters and police responded to a fire at 168 Brooklyn Street around 1 p.m. Friday.

After the flames were extinguished, the investigation revealed the fire was started by equipment used to grow the marijuana plants.

Officers say one of the tenants, Scott A. Moulton, was in charge of the operation.  He is also the one who reported the fire. 

Police found 136 marijuana plants as well as $3000 worth of growing equipment and supplies.

Moulton is charged with unlawful growing of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana, and reckless endangerment of property. 

He was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Village of Warsaw court later this month.

Damage to the structure is estimated at $20,000.  Police say Moulton and his girlfriend, as well as a downstairs tenant were all displaced by the fire.

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