Fire in Wilmington Gardens, Barking reveals cannabis factory
PUBLISHED: 10:27 13 July 2011 | UPDATED: 16:31 13 July 2011
Around 300 cannabis plants were found at a house in Barking after fire tore through the property.
The fire, which broke out at around 6.20pm on Sunday, tore through the two-storey property in Wilmington Gardens, Barking, leaving the entire roof and some of the first floor badly damaged. The second floor of an adjacent house was also affected. No-one was hurt.
Four pumps and 20 crew were called to the incident and had the blaze under control within 40 minutes.
Police were called after a cannabis factory was found inside the building with around 300 plants and cultivation equipment.
No arrests have been made and a police investigation is underway, a spokeswoman from Barking and Dagenham Police said. It is thought the fire was caused by a wiring fault.
Resident, Robin Taylor, 56, who lives nearby, said: “I saw smoke coming from the building and called 999. I got closer and could see flames coming from the roof. Luckily no-one was in the house and no lives were lost.”
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