Magnolia, February 28 – Just before 10:30 am on February 27, 2017, the Magnolia Fire Department responded to reports that a mobile home was on fire in the 31000 block of Primrose Road, Magnolia, Texas, a duplex with the two sides of a mobile home being rented out by different individuals.
Firefighters with the Magnolia Fire Department quickly contained the fire, but the home was heavily damaged by smoke and heat. During their fire suppression efforts, Firefighters observed evidence of drug related activity and notified a Deputy Fire Marshal, who had arrived on scene to conduct a fire cause investigation. During the investigation, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office (MCFCO) contacted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and requested assistance with the investigation into the criminal activity.
Due to there being no occupants at home during this investigation, Detectives executed a search warrant, and after searching the residence, approximately 2 ounces of marijuana and 2 marijuana plants were recovered. Charges of Possession of marijuana will be filed against the occupant(s) of the residence.
MCFMO and MCSO SIU Officers have spent most of the day working together to conduct an investigation into both the cause of the fire as well as the criminal activity discovered by firefighters.
At this time, the fire investigation is ongoing and the MCFMO will be leading that aspect of the case, while the MCSO SIU will lead the investigation into the drug activity at the scene.