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DENVER (CBS4)– What started as a house fire turns into a drug investigation when firefighters discover large amounts of marijuana inside.

Officers pulled out box after box of marijuana from the home on Grove Street just west of Federal Boulevard after firefighters extinguished the flames.

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“My wife came home at noon, we had been smelling smoke for almost 12 hours,” said Linda Engle’s husband.

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She was cleaning her kitchen when she first saw the flames, “I heard a big ‘Pop!’ and at the same time saw a big flame run right up the side of the wall.”

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“So I ran out and grabbed our hose and started dousing the back fence and the car port while he called 911,” said Engle.

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Neighbor Mike Bogner also rushed to help, “So then I went around and kicked in the door because I know they have pets and looked inside to see if I could find anything.”

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A firefighter rescued the cat.

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After fire crews had put out the fire, officers took out several boxes of marijuana from the home. A tenant who wasn’t home at the time of the fire was interviewed by the head of the Denver Police Marijuana Unit.

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“You come out on your back patio and you smell your neighbors smoking marijuana it seems to be a Denver occurrence now so you assume everybody got it legally.”

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Police have not confirmed whether anyone was cited for what was found inside.

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