Two are arrested after a marijuana grow operation was found in their duplex apartment when the other side of the building caught fire.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to 4032 North 56th street at about 7:15 Wednesday night.
Battalion Chief Eric Jones said when the first crews arrived on scene there was heavy smoke coming from the duplex. Jones said it started in a back bedroom the duplex.
In normal procedure, firefighters entered the other half of the duplex. Police say they found an active marijuana grow operation.
The firefighters backed out and notified police. Officers served a search warrant and found 14 adult marijuana plants and 17 seedlings.
29-year-od Melissa Sieber and 31-year-old Lawrence Toddy were arrested for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance.
LFR said a child playing with a lighter started the house fire.
Firefighters had to cut holes in the roof to put out the fire but were able to contain it to just a back bedroom.
The duplex has moderate smoke damage and the adjacent duplex had minor smoke damage. Jones said firefighters were also able to save a cat in the adjacent duplex.
Jones said luckily no one was hurt and this serves as a good reminder for parents to talk to their kids about fire safety and why they shouldn't play with matches or lighters.