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Marijuana growing operation discovered during South Side fire

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Firefighters discovered a pot-growing operation while responding to a fire Monday morning in the South Side Longwood Manor neighborhood.

A still alarm was called for a fire at 8:45 a.m. in the 9700 block of South Eggleston Avenue, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

A resident told arriving firefighters there was smoke coming from the attic of the 2½-story residential building, Langford said.

The small electrical fire was extinguished within minutes inside the attic, where plants were being grown, Langford said.

No one was injured in the blaze, Langford said.

Rooms of plants were found in the home where a "substantial growing operation" was taking place, according to a source.

Authorities said the fire may have been caused by numerous electrical cords being used for lights in the attic.

Firefighters alerted police, who took a male into custody, News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. Charges are pending.

Estrada said a cannabis-growing operation was found in the attic of the building, with plants in various stages of growth.

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