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.—

 While investigating the cause of, reported finding a marijuana "grow room" at the Salem Street home.  

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.

FlyingTooLow September 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Full Name...thank you... Shawn w...where do you buy your prescription medication? You know, the pills that killed over 26,000 people in 2009? Deaths attributed to marijuana...not a single one in recorded history. We all need to get our priorities in order. This insane crap has gone on long enough. I look forward to your response.
FlyingTooLow September 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Roth Gill...may God bless you, Sir. I truly did not know what 'human services' meant. You have my deepest thanks and admiration.
Roth Gill September 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Thanks, and I admire your efforts to promote rational thinking and rational laws. I do hope that some day pot will simply be decriminalized and not considered "medicinal". Not many people need to beg their doctor's for a prescription to get themselves a 6 pack at the end of the day. I think the whole medical marijuana movement is a distraction and a way of avoiding that fact that government wants it to be regulated. That's all we need for society....possibly handing the pot market from the cartels to the pharmaceutical industry. Until then, play by the rules, stay under the radar, write your politicians, VOTE, and.....in the privacy of your homes, enjoy your brownies. Good luck FlyingTooLow, keep writing!
FlyingTooLow September 07, 2012 at 01:32 PM
As to voting, I cannot. Although I have been 'crime free' for more than 30 years. How many non-violent, drug offenders fall into this category? Millions. I am a major supporter of RE-legalizing marijuana. The prohibition laws fly in the face of everything our country was founded upon. As to the 'pharmaceutical industry,' why is it not being prosecuted? In 2009, 26,000 deaths from prescription medicines. Deaths caused by marijuana...not a single one in recorded history. Several years ago, I had surgery on my right shoulder. Pain medication was prescribed..."take one capsule every 4 hours." I took one capsule. I was down for over 20 hours. When I came to, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. The next time I felt discomfort, I smoked a small amount of marijuana ...pain gone, no after effects. I threw the pills out. A million thanks for your comments. I wish you nothing but the very best, Hugh Yonn
Chris Murphy September 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Shawn W, this is a "free" country and folks are entitled to their own views and opinions.


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