No cause determined in fatal North Portland fire at marijuana grower’s house

January 4th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

NPDXFire1.JPGView full sizeThe fire at this North Portland home on Dec. 27 killed a 41-year-old man.

Fire investigators are unable to determine what caused a fatal fire last week at the home of a medical marijuana grower in North Portland.

Jason Ross Brown, 41, was killed Dec. 27 as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in the two-story house in the 6200-block of N. Concord Ave.

Brown, a valid medical marijuana card holder, maintained a growing operation in excess of what he was allowed to legally grow and possess, Portland Fire Rescue investigators said.

The fire appeared to have started in the basement, but investigators were unable to determine the ignition source and cause of the fire, said fire bureau spokesman Tommy Schroeder.

Damage at the rental house was estimated at $225,000.

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