UPDATED: Marijuana 'Grow Room' Found at Fire
One firefighter transported to Winchester Hospital during Tuesday evening's fire.
Friday, Sept. 7, 4:02 p.m.—
According to new information obtained by Woburn Patch, the property owner of 248 Salem St., where the fire occured on Tuesday, is James Fitzpatrick and not the business located at the site. Fitzpatrick told Woburn Patch Friday that a tenant is currently at 248 Salem St. and he "has nothing to do with [the home]."
Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:01 a.m.—
According to police, officers were called to 246 Salem St. at 5:43 p.m. Tuesday night for a report of a fire. The first officer on scene reported the home, located at 248 Salem St., was "fully engulfed in flames."
Woburn firefighters from Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Engine 3 and Engine 4, along with a Winchester Fire unit, extinguished the blaze quickly and cleared the scene by 7:30 p.m.
One firefighter was taken to Winchester Hospital with an unknown injury.
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Woburn Police arson investigators arrived on scene Tuesday night and examined the home, which suffered the most damage above a front room on the left side of the house, near the "electrical service."
According to investigators, several pots were found on a large table and contained "remnants of marijuana stalks." Three industrial-strength metal lights were on the ceiling, and a "tin-foil-like wrap" covered the walls, said police.
The officers found eight more marijuana plants hanging from the living room ceiling, reported police.
Although the fire was deemed to be "electrical," police noted that the electrical load in the marijuana "grow room" may have influenced the electrical fire.