Police yet to enter suspected cannabis factory in Plymstock which caught fire
POLICE are today expected to enter a residential house where a suspected cannabis factory caught fire earlier this week.
As The Herald reported yesterday, emergency services were called to the property in Billacombe Road, Plymstock at noon on Thursday.
But safety concerns have so far prevented a thorough search of the address.
It is understood that crews from Greenbank and Plymstock fire stations discovered a number of "tents" in the upstairs room of the building, which sits at the top of a line of steps, set back from the busy road.
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The firefighters used two hose reels and four breathing apparatus to tackle the fire on the first floor.
It is understood they soon realised the address was being used to grow cannabis.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said initial investigations showed the property was being used for the cultivation of cannabis, a Class B drug.
No one was found at the property and nobody had been arrested in connection with the premises as The Herald went to press last night.
The Herald understands that the address cannot be thoroughly searched by Scenes of Crime officers until it is deemed safe to do so.
On Thursday evening police said that due to failing light and safety issues, they would seal up the property and keep it guarded.
As a result, police have been forced to post a guard at the entrance of the footpath leading to the property since the investigation was opened on Thursday evening.
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 February 14.