DANVILLE -- An early morning house fire in Danville resulted in more than charred rooms when police found marijuana-growing equipment in the wreckage.
The San Ramon Valley Fire District received a report of the two-alarm blaze in the 900 block of El Pintado Road at 5:28 a.m. Friday.
Danville officers also responded to help with traffic control, but the Police Department summoned detectives from its investigations unit after officials discovered grow lights, air conditioning units, fans and filtration systems commonly associated with indoor marijuana growing operations, said Detective Sgt. Allan Shields.
The residence was built in 2000 and of late had been occupied intermittently.
Upon arriving, firefighters determined the house was vacant and turned their attention to preventing the flames from spreading to other properties, said fire district spokeswoman Kimberly French.
They isolated the fire to the home and had it under control by 6:45 a.m.
Damage was estimated at $750,000.
Fire Chief Richard Price said one firefighter suffered a neck injury after being hit by falling debris when a ceiling collapsed.
French confirmed the injury, describing it as minor and saying the firefighter was taken to a hospital for observation but is expected to recover.
French also said the adjacent Fountainhead Montessori preschool canceled its classes for the day to keep students away from the lingering smoke and out of
Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire and where it started.
The investigation will be turned over to the Police Department's Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team, Shields said.
Anyone with information about the fire or the home's contents is asked to contact Shields at 925-314-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.