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Cannabis grow burns in Nottingham house blaze

A cannabis grow went up in smoke after a large fire broke out at a three-storey property causing significant damage.

A joint police and fire investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the blaze which broke out at the address in Meadow Lane shortly before 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 27 May 2021).

While fire crews tackled it, a cannabis grow comprising of at least 40 plants was found inside.

The fire, which is believed to have started in the roof space, also spread to the roofs of neighbouring properties causing damage. No injuries were reported.

It was put out at around 4.15pm yesterday. The property is still being carefully monitored to prevent any further outbreaks.

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A structural engineer has also been inspecting the damage.

Sergeant Pete Shaw, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While the cause of this fire remains under investigation, this incident highlights the dangers of illegal cannabis growing due to the fire risk, especially if people are living in adjoining properties.

“We are working hard to trace the individuals responsible for the cannabis grow, including a man who was seen running from the address.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have information that could help us with our investigation to please come forward. We’d also like to hear from any drivers who may have captured dash-cam footage which may assist us.

“As a force we take the production and supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously and will not tolerate the cultivation of cannabis in our communities.

“The production and selling of cannabis can sometimes be perceived a victimless crime, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It has a detrimental impact on communities and ruins lives.

“We will relentlessly pursue the people behind such illegal grows and our message to anyone involved in this harmful activity is clear. We are very likely to find out what you’re doing and, when we do, we will take decisive action.”

Anyone who may have information that could aid officers in their investigation should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 282 of 27 May 2021.

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