Stash In The Attic: Firemen Discover Blaze In £150,000 Property Was Caused By Fault Lights Being Used To Grow Cannabis In The Loft
Firemen tackling a blaze at a semi-detached home discovered the building was actually a cannabis factory and the fire had been started by faulty lighting used to cultivate the drug.
Emergency crews were called to the property in Walsall, West Midlands yesterday after thick black smoke started billowing from the building.
But as firefighters doused the building's roof from a raised platform they spotted dozens of cannabis plants which had been growing in the attic.
Emergency services were called to the scene after smoke was seen billowing from the house yesterday
The fire was spotted at the £150,000 semi-detached property at 5.18am on Tuesday and a neighbour phoned 999.
Three crews used breathing equipment to battle through thick black smoke to get to several rooms which were engulfed in flames.
A hydraulic platform was also used to tackle the raging inferno - which had burned through the roof.
It was while firefighters doused the flames from above the property that they the cannabis plants.
The fire was eventually put out but crews remained at the scene to damp down as investigators worked out the cause.
No one was in the house at the time of the fire but yesterday a 28-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis.
It is believed the fire was caused by faulty lighting being used to cultivate the illegal drug
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: 'Police were called to a fire in Coronation Road, Pelsall just after 5.30am.
'No-one was at the premises but a cannabis factory was discovered in an upstairs room.'
Pictures taken today show the house has been left completed gutted by the fire which wrecked 70 per cent of the property.
Images taken by the emergency services show there is a gaping hole where the roof should be and the inside of the home looks to be completely blackened.
A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said the blaze was started by a fault in 'cultivation equipment'.
They added: 'It appears that the building is a suspected cannabis factory. It appears to have started by a fault in cultivation equipment.'