Cannabis factory found in Plymstock after firefighters tackle blaze
FIREFIGHTERS called to a first-floor blaze uncovered a 'cannabis factory', say police.
Fire crews from Greenbank and Plymstock stations were called to the fire in a house in Billacombe Road, Plymstock, shortly after midday yesterday.
Firefighters used two hose reels and four breathing apparatus to tackle the fire on the first floor, but after entering they discovered the property was being used to grow cannabis.
After extinguishing the blaze firefighters called police who are now carrying out investigations into who created the set-up.
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A police spokesman said initial investigations showed the property was being used for the cultivation of cannabis, although at this stage it is not known how many rooms were being used, how many plants were being grown and how long the cannabis factory had been in place.
Police said that due to failing light and safety issues, they would seal up the property and keep it guarded overnight.
Some time this morning the property would be made safe by electrical engineers and then Scene of Crime Officers would be able to enter the building to carry out a full search and examination of the equipment.
No-one was found at the property and no-one had been arrested in connection with the premises as The Herald went to press last night.
It is unknown at this stage whether the cannabis farm is a "Vietnamese" type, which usually sees entire rented properties converted to house hundreds of cannabis plants, or the more regular local growers who use small tents to grow the marijuana plants.
Anyone with information about the matter, or who has information about other potential cannabis factories, should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting police log number 345 of 14/2/13.