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Charleston Man Rescued from Fire, Arrested for Marijuana & Firearm Possession

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A man was arrested for possession of marijuana and firearms after he rescued by emergency responders during a house fire in Charleston this morning.

The fire was reported on the 5200 block of Noyes Avenue in Charleston.

According to the Charleston Fire Department, John Ferrell, 63, called dispatchers saying he was trapped in the home.

When responders found him, he was unresponsive and was transported to the hospital.

The victim became responsive again during treatment at the hospital and was talking.

When Charleston Police got on scene, firefighters made them aware that there were "numerous" firearms in the house.

When police entered the house to determine how many firearms were in there, they found a grow tent, filtration system, and fertilizer in the basement. Police also located a suspected marijuana plant hanging and several other plants in a trash bag.

After they obtained a search warrant, police discovered three plants in the trash bag, one hanging to dry, two juvenile plants in the grow tent, three pots with stems and roots, and an additional three empty pots.

While they were serving the search warrant, Ferrell walked back to the scene. When Ferrell was asked if he wanted to talk about the marijuana grow and the firearms in the house, he said we would talk after being read his Miranda rights.

Ferrel told police that he smokes a joint almost daily and had been using marijuana for almost 46 years.

When police asked about the grow in his basement, he said it was for his personal consumption.

Ferrell has been charged with Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearms and Cultivation of Marijuana.

Dispatchers say the house fire was mostly smoke. There is no word on how much damage the home received at this time.

Charleston Fire, Charleston EMS, and Charleston Police responded to the scene.


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