A 36-year-old man in West Kelowna, B.C., has been taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after his house caught fire on January 2.
The cannabis grow revealed in the fire was the focus of much attention.
Firefighters arrived at the scene before 6:30 a.m. and after a cursory look around, discovered that the man had been growing cannabis plants in the home. Police, who arrived shortly after, have said they will investigate whether the set-up was the cause of the fire.
“A precursory canvass of the property has revealed a marijuana grow operation inside the house and investigators are working to determine if it contributed to the cause of the fire,” West Kelowna RCMP said in the release.
The Kelowna Daily Courier headline read “West Kelowna fire reveals grow-op.” The term “grow-op” is commonly used to refer to illicit cannabis production facilities for commercial use, which in this case was legal, as reported by Global News.
Both federal and provincial law allows individuals to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household for adult use. Individuals may cultivate more plants for medical use, the number of which depends on the limit set by Health Canada, or designate a more experienced grower to cultivate plants on their behalf.
It is unclear which of the three scenarios applied to this incident.
As per stats compiled by Dr. Mahendra Wijayasinghe, manager of research and analysis in the office of the fire commission, public safety division for Alberta Municipal Affairs, the leading cause of fire injuries in Canadian homes are cooking (27 per cent), smoking (9 per cent), and arson (8 per cent).
Written by Emma Spears