Sooke News Mirror, March 07, 2012

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March 07, 2012 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • BUSINESS AWARDS The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce gave out the

    awards for 2011.

    Page 19

    OFF-ROAD COME BACK Island Rock Crawler member

    hopes for compromise.Page 27

    Your community, your classi eds P24 75Wednesday, MARCH 7, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Community Page 19Sports/stats Page 27

    Agreement#40110541

    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R

    Fire ravages home used for grow op

    Sharron Ho/Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    An investigation into the home destroyed by a fire, containing a marijuana grow-up, on the 3000-block of Otter Point Road on Feb. 28 has resulted in the arrest of a Sooke resident.

    There was remnants of

    a marijuana grow-op, but it could be a medical mari-juana grow-op, were still looking into that, said Steve Wright, RCMP staff sergeant.

    Police then made stan-dard inquiries to nearby residences, resulting in the arrest of a Sooke resident, after a smell of marijuana

    was found emanating from the home.

    A search warrant exe-cuted and police found large quantities of cash and mari-juana in the residence.

    Were not saying the two houses are related or that the fire is related, Wright said.

    No one was in the house

    at the time of the fire and police have not located resi-dents of the fire-ravaged home.

    The Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department attended the fire when it broke out in the early morning.

    The fire started in the upper level and completely destroyed the upper level

    and extended a little bit down into the lower level, said John McCrea, Captain of the Otter Point VFD.

    We went defensive on it, said McCrea. We played it safe and cleaned it up.

    The Otter Point FD was assisted by the Sooke Fire Department with a water tender and the Rapid Inter-

    vention Team.McCrea said the cause

    of fire could not be deter-mined due to the amount of destruction.

    The house, assessed at $535,000, was destroyed

    An investigation into the fire is still being conducted by the police and fire depart-ment.

    Marijuana odour leads police to neighbouring residence, arrest madeSharron Ho photo

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