Fire gutted house in Northwest Fresno, appeared to have been used to grow marijuana

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The fire department is not sure if the house was an active marijuana growing site. (KFSN)

The fire department is not sure if the house was an active marijuana growing site. There was evidence it had been used as a grow house, and a trash bag of what appeared to be marijuana trimmings was found.

A neighbor used a cell phone to get video of the flames from the burning house, as smoke filled the neighborhood.

"About 3:00 a.m. we got up and smelled smoke and then we got up and noticed 5 firetrucks out here and the house was totally engulfed in flames," said Tracy Corley.

Once the flames were doused firefighters discovered ducting and wiring.

"They set it up for a grow it's not really a residential house anymore," said Frank Gibson.

Corley said she thought the place was vacant.

"No I just knew it was empty, I just thought it was empty because I never saw any cars there, never saw anybody coming and going. I just figured it was an empty house, a rental I believe it was," said Corley.

A neighbor across the street told us he occasionally saw two men stop by the house. According to county records the owner lives in Burbank--the fire department is investigating.

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