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Cannabis Farm In Fire Home

Herb Fellow

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Police have launched an investigation after the remains of a cannabis farm were found in a burned out house. Up to 20 firemen fought a ferocious fire which ripped through a semi-detached home in Townsfield Road, Westhoughton, in the early hours of yesterday. Neighbours in the adjoining house dialled 999 at 3.30am after smoke began seeping into their home.

At the height of the blaze fire crews manning four fire engines and Greater Manchester Fire Service's specialist hydraulic platform were at the scene. Firefighters had to remove all the tiles from the roof to tackle the fire and prevent it from spreading to the adjoining house. Once the fire was out and firemen gained access to the building they discovered the remains of a cannabis farm.

They contacted police and fire investigators have now established the fire was caused by an electrical fault as a result of the sophisticated set up of electrical equipment used to run the drug cultivation operation.

Det Chief Insp George Fawcett from Bolton CID said: "This fire is a clear example of just how dangerous cannabis farms are and the damage they can cause. The electrical equipment used to run these farms is potentially lethal. It is vital that the public pass on any information they have about houses being used in this way.

"It is difficult to say how many plants were inside the house as it has been extensively damaged." Detectives are trying to trace the house owner.

Source: Wigan Today
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