Pot growing operation found after Hartford house fire, one arrested

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HARTFORD — Firefighters who put out a fire discovered a marijuana growing operation that led to an arrest Wednesday.

Around noon, emergency crews responded to a house fire at 180 Bonner St. The fire was in a rear bedroom on the second floor.

While in the house, a marijuana growing operation was discovered. They found 20 Marijuana plants, grow lights, timers, liquid plant food, thermometer and one grow cabinet.

Vincente,Santiago Vincente Santiago, 32, of Hartford,  was charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, operating a drug factory and possession within 1500 feet of a School

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was an overloaded power strip. It was not connected to the pot operation according to police.

No one was injured but three adults and several pets were displaced.