Crews put out fire in Foxborough home, arrests made upon investigation

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (WLNE)- Firefighters responded to a fire at a multi-family home in Foxborough Wednesday morning.

Mansfield and Foxborough responders worked to put out the blaze on Central Street just after 5 a.m.

Initial crew saw heavy smoke coming out of the basement area, eventually extending flames up into the second and third floor.

Between 12-15 residents occupy the home, including children.

Crew tried to salvage as much as they could, even Christmas presents.

“Anytime you have a fire it’s a tragedy. Being this close to the holidays it just compounds it. Anytime there are children involved, we try to salvage as much of the Christmas presents as can,” said fire chief, Michael Kelleher.

All residents got out safely, and no crew was injured.

Firefighters discovered a suspected marijuana grow system in the basement of the complex. The Foxborough Police Department made an arrest upon evaluation of the scene.

Detectives were able to find 200 marijuana plants, heating lamps, an irrigation system, and various chemicals inside the basement.

Upon further investigation, officers found various packing materials, THX products, and molds for various THC products, and an unknown substance believed to be fentanyl.

Another apartment housed a marijuana grow system with two dozen plants, and a drying room with 100 pounds of marijuana inside.

The owner of the building, Donald Corliss III, 46, was arrested for the following charges:

  • Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug to wit marijuana
  • Reckless Endangerment to a child
  • Possession of a Class A drug to wit fentanyl

Corliss was to be arraigned on Tuesday as well.

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