Ceres firefighters discovered indoor and outdoor marijuana gardens and a thirsty dog at a home where a fire started in a bedroom Thursday afternoon.
Flames were coming from the homes windows in the 3000 block of Central Avenue when firefighters arrived about 12:25 p.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Nicholes.
When firefighters broke through the front door of the home to search for occupants, a puppy ran outside. Firefighters picked him up and gave him bottled water, Nicholes said.
Stanislaus County sheriffs Deputy Royjindar Singh said a marijuana garden in the bedroom where the fire started was likely the cause. A small outdoor garden also was found in the backyard but Singh said the man who lived there was not arrested because he had a doctors recommendation to grow medical marijuana.
Nicholes said crews kept the fire contained to the bedroom where it started, but there was heat and smoke damage to the rest of the house. He estimated the damage at $20,000.