Investigators Find 13 Marijuana Plants After Fire

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UPDATE: 4/21/2012 10:46 AM

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call concerning a fully engulfed fire at a double wide trailer owned and occupied by Brian E. Bond, 41, and Karen L. Bond, 33, at 2278 Newbury Road, Little Hocking. The Little Hocking, Coolville and Belpre Volunteer Fire Departments also responded.

The Bonds and their teenage daughter lived in the trailer. Three dogs and a lizard are unaccounted for and may have died in the fire.

Mr. Bond says they were watching TV in the living room and noticed an orange glow through the kitchen window. He checked the area, smelled smoke, and saw the back porch was on fire. He turned on a water hose and attempted to extinguish the fire, but was unable to do so.

All three got out safely. Mrs. Bond has minor injuries on her right hand from holding the hot door open. She was treated at the scene by members of the Little Hocking Squad.

During the examination of the fire scene, four gallon buckets containing a total of thirteen marijuana plants were discovered inside the master bathroom. The bathroom was equipped with grow lights and aluminum foil to reflect the light. These plants and several items of drug paraphernalia located in the bathroom closet and under the bathroom sink were also seized.

Brian Bond admitted to growing and using marijuana. This investigation is continuing. The origin of the fire is undermined and the State Fire Marshall has been contacted for assistance.

Stay tuned to WTAP and for more information.

Fire has severely damaged a Little Hocking home on Newberry Road.

Unofficial reports indicate no one was injured but there may have been animals injured or killed in the blaze.

The fire reported at 2778 Newberry Road drew response from Little Hocking, Coolville and Belpre Fire Departments.

Nearby residents shot pictures of the fire and posted updates on Facebook regarding the blaze.

As firemen worked on extinguishing the hot spots, others worked to determine how the first started and how extensive the damage is.

WTAP will have footage of the house and the efforts to extinguish the flames later today.


UPDATE: 4/21/2012 12:21 AM

Several area volunteer fire departments are battling a house fire in Little Hocking on Newberry Road.

The call came in around 11 p.m.

We have a reporter on the scene. We'll bring you more details as they become available.