Early Morning Apartment Fire Uncovers Pot

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An apartment fire near 27th & F Streets forces all residents to find another place to live until repairs are made. One woman arrested for manufacturing marijuana in the burnt apartment.

Just before 2:00 Saturday morning, Lincoln Fire crews were called to an apartment fire at 27th & F Streets.

According to Battalion Chief Derrald Murrell, the fire started in a basement apartment. All the residents evacuated the building and no one was injured.

Lincoln Fire Inspector Ken Hilger said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but a candle is likely where it started.

Electricity has been cut to the entire building forcing 12 families who live in the building to relocate Only five families will need assistance relocating, with the help of the American Red Cross. The rest of the occupants found shelter elsewhere.

Hilger believes the damage estimates to be about $50,000 to the structure and $40,000 to contents. Most of the content damage is because of smoke throughout the building.

Lincoln Police said that while firefighters were removing items from the apartment of origin, they found several things which appeared to be related to a marijuana operation.

Lincoln Police obtained a search warrant and found several items which they believe were used in a grow operation

The resident of the apartment, 22-year-old Jena Schlatz was arrested on two felonies. Manufacture or Possession With Intent to sell and for Manufacture or Possession within 1000 feet of a playground.