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Man Arrested After House Catches Fire, Authorities Discover Suspected Marijuana Grow

The house was quickly engulfed in flames due to the high winds.

A Jurupa Valley man was arrested Saturday after a suspected marijuana cultivation operation was discovered when his home caught fire, authorities said.

Jurupa Valley police officers saw smoke at 8:30 a.m. coming from the residence in the 6900 block of Pearl Street, said Jurupa Valley police Sgt. Christian Dekker.

They evacuated two people from the residence "which was quickly engulfed in flames due to the high winds,'' Dekker said.

Riverside County firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to nearby residences and extinguished the flames, he said.

Firefighters then located a suspected marijuana cultivation operation and reported it was possibly the cause of the fire, Dekker said.

Police obtained a search warrant and located evidence of a marijuana cultivation operation, he said.

Guillermo Romero, 46, was arrested for suspicion of marijuana cultivation and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, Dekker said.

The offense is a misdemeanor.

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