A £250K cannabis farm farm fire, Southport


Photo: Cannabis farm discovered on Grosvenor Road

Firefighters were called to a fire at a suspected cannabis farm on Grosvenor Road in Southport around 9.12am on Friday, April 8.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service received the call at 9.12am and crews were alerted at 9.13am. They were on scene at 9.19am.

Two fire engines attended the scene, where the fire was ongoing in a second-floor bedroom.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

They then dampened down the area and checked for areas of heat.

Two men were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

Officers from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Incident Investigation team were alerted. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Crews handed the incident over to Merseyside Police and remained at the scene for around an hour and ten minutes.

A £250K cannabis farm was discovered.

Around 60 cannabis plants worth around £250,000 a year was found in the property at 8.40am.

Enquiries are ongoing at the scene.

Anyone with any information on suspected cannabis farms can call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister.


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