House fire reveals marijuana grow operation

- A grill fire led officers to an apparent marijuana growing operation. 

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said a residential fire was reported at a three-story home on Hollywood Boulevard around 6 p.m. Thursday. 

Crews spoke to a tenant who was on his second floor balcony when his grill's propane tank exploded.

When the flames were out, Sarasota County firefighters told sheriff's deputies they found several marijuana plants on the third floor balcony. 

They found 19 plants, several smaller quantities of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In all, 1,574 grams of marijuana was seized. Deputies arrested 42-year-old Michael Lopriore and charged him with cultivation of marijuana. He was released on $1,500 bond.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • House fire reveals marijuana grow operation
  • Tampa church holds vigil for unity, Charlottesville victims
  • AC problems plague Hillsborough Co. classrooms
  • Elvis is in the building at Sarasota's Waffle Stop
  • K9 chases down suspect who fled during traffic stop
  • Palmetto woman snaps close encounter with bobcat
  • Florida-based inventors make ZenCrate for anxious dogs
  • 9-foot alligator kills woman's dog in St. Petersburg
  • Family dog guards children, pulls through after snake bite
  • New school year brings hopeful return to Seminole Middle