Fire in Wilmington Gardens, Barking reveals cannabis factory

PUBLISHED: 10:27 13 July 2011 | UPDATED: 16:31 13 July 2011

The fire broke out at house in Wilmington Gardens. Picture taken by Post reader.

The fire broke out at house in Wilmington Gardens. Picture taken by Post reader.


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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