Ottawa firefighters discovered a suspected marijuana grow operation while fighting a blaze in the city’s west end yesterday morning.


At 6:17 a.m., a firefighter on his way to work happened upon the fire when he spotted smoke several streets southwest of Merivale Road and Meadowlands Avenue, said District Fire Chief Lyle Fraser.


Police and fire arrived at the scene at 52 Sullivan Avenue minutes later. “They saw a lot of smoke, but not a lot of fire,” said Fraser.


Approximately 25 firefighters and six trucks arrived to locate the fire in the basement of the bungalow. There, they found signs of “suspicious activity” in the basement believed to be part of a grow operation. There were several pieces of electronic equipment in the basement.


“We sent a crew into the first floor and cut a hole and used a cellar nozzle to spray the fire down,” he said.

The fire was under control by 7 a.m.

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.