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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Firefighters in eastern El Paso County responded to a marijuana grow that caught fire near Yoder early Friday.

A neighbor called it in to the 3100 block of Fredview Rd. at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Multiple buildings on the property caught fire. When firefighters arrived, several buildings were already up in flames.

"When we got here, the entire compound was completely engulfed," said Carl Tatum, Hanover Fire Department Chief.

Neighbors living nearby said it was the house that initially caught fire and then spread to the two structures behind it.

"There were flames shooting 20 or 30 feet high," said Randi Hudson, a neighbor.

The marijuana and grow products inside the home made it difficult to put out.

"We dumped 42 thousand gallons of water as of 3:30 this morning," said Tatum.

As of right now, there are no reported injuries and it's unclear if anyone is living inside any of the buildings.

The El Paso Sheriff's Office is now investigating whether the grow was illegal. 

"Reports I heard from a number of firefighters is there is a large amount of plants inside," Tatum said.

The exact cause is still unknown, but county officials say it's suspicious.

This is a developing story stay with KRDO for updates.


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