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Fire dept. ‘practices’ while deputies haul pot

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A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY hauls out evidence Saturday morning from a house on Main Street in Georgetown. Photo by Michele Hardy

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From page A9 | November 26, 2012 |

Side by side on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, two stories unfolded on Main Street in Georgetown across from the Stamp Mill Park.

On one side Georgetown fire district was using a house donated by Dennis Smith’s family for practice and drills.

“The windows have been boarded up so that no critters make a home in here while we’re using it for drills,” said Georgetown Fire Chief Greg Schwab.

Theatrical smoke-filled the house and holes were cut in the ceiling and roofing to prep the scene. Two engines arrived and firefighters got busy.

Schwab added that using an actual house structure is much more “realistic” than the buildings routinely used and a beneficial part of training the volunteers. He thanked the Smith family for the donation. The house will be used once more before big machines will be bringing the structure down.

Once the building is cleared, the family said there are plans to make a stick built home to match the same period look of the town.

On the other side from the practice home, there were four cars from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department serving a search warrant. Approximately 50 marijuana plants were carted off along with two detainees.

An officer was overheard saying, “There’s about 100 butane cans in there, I think that’s what basis we’re going on.”

Unfortunately, this was all the information acquired via the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. For the reader who’s not sure what this means, butane is a way to chemically extract THC from the plant and create a different substance for use. The “manufacturing process” is the illegal crime for which these officers usually charge pot growers.

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