More than 100 marijuana plants were found in a Poway house after it caught fire early Sunday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Deputies were sent to investigate a possible explosion at the single-story house on Amso Street near Kaitz Street about 3:50 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. David Toner said.
They arrived to find a 35-year-old woman carrying a baby out of the home, which was engulfed in smoke and flames. The woman’s 39-year-old husband was inside trying to put out the blaze.
The man came out when deputies ordered him to, but he later tried to get back inside while screaming that he wanted to kill himself. “Force was used” to take the man into custody, and then to the hospital, Toner said. He did not say what type of force was used.
Once fire crews put out the blaze, authorities found dozens and dozens of marijuana plants in various stages of grown in the home’s three bedrooms.
The woman was later arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and the one-year-old was taken to the Polinsky Children’s Center, an emergency shelter for children who are separated form their family for their own safety.
The man, after being released from the hospital, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and child endangerment.