Exclusive Sunday, February 26, 2012
Million Dollar Mansion Burns
McSween home said to have medical marijuana grow operation, but only a rumor
Craig Hill/Voice photos
This home at 10419 McSween Rd was consumed by fire Sunday night.
t around 9 P.M. Sunday evening, as most of Chilliwack was tucked-in watching the Oscars, fire broke out in a home on McSween Rd.
The owner of the home was not there at the time the blaze erupted and neighbours living nearby the sprawling $800,000 home alerted the fire department.
The house was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived, however they were able to quickly bring the blaze under control, but not before the tony estate residence was gutted.
Initial reports were that the home had a medicinal marijuana grow operation inside, however that has not been confirmed by RCMP or fire officials.
Neighbour Henry Peters, who lives a few houses down the block on the opposite side, said that he knew the owner, but didn't know about any marijuana growing there.
"I just heard that a few minutes ago," he said referring to the supposed pot grow op. "I knew him, I didn't know that though."
No grow op was found in the home, so the rumors of one inside appear to be unfounded.
According to Peters the home could have had a value of about $1.3 million including the land.
A chicken farm next door was unaffected, but due to a wind, spreading was a concern.
Gas and electricity was cut to the home. There were no injuries and cause of the fire is under investigation.
See more photos below.
Assistant Chief Ian Joesephson The City of Chilliwack Fire Department had this release today.
At 8:36pm last night, firefighters from Chilliwack firehalls 1, 4 and 6 responded to a reported structure fire in the 10400 block of McSween Road. When firefighters arrived they discovered smoke venting from the soffits and around the windows of a 2 storey single family residential house. There were no occupants in the building.
Firefighters entered the building, vented the heat and smoke and extinguished the fire.
There were no firefighter injuries.
Cause of the fire is still under investigation but is considered accidental.
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