ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - He wouldn't come out.
St. Pete police say Gaetano Rodriguez refused to let firefighters enter his house on 54th Avenue North, in spite of flames shooting out of a bedroom window. So, firefighters simply busted down the door.
Inside, they found up to 100 pot plants in a bedroom. Police say Rodriguez claimed he was growing it for medicinal purposes, then admitted he was running a grow house operation.
He's charged with cultivating marijuana and obstructing firefighters.
(Photos courtesy of the St. Petersburg Police Department)