Proving that DIY isn't always the answer, a Prospect Heights brownstone that was reportedly doubling as a pot farm caught fire this weekend, thanks to the heat lamps that were helping the baby marijuana buds bloom.
According to the NYPD, the fire occured at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, at 577 Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights. Firefighters on the scene allegedly discovered around 50 marijuana plants growing in the house's basement, where the fire reportedly started; they called the NYPD, and officers say they found the house harbored a "drug lab."
A tipster told Brokelyn, "Funny, I rode by several hours earlier and there were a million fire engines there and I remember thinking, ‘Wow people around here smoke a lot of pot.’ Apparently, some of the sun lamps caused a small fire and neighbors called the Fire Department and now someone is in deep shit.”
The NYPD says Antonio Dow, 45, has been arrested on drug charges. Cops tell DNAinfo a search of the apartment also yielded loose bullets and a rifle cartridge with seven .38 caliber Winchester bullets. No gun was found.