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The cannabis farm discovered in Woodgate following a fire. Photo supplied by Joe Cunliffe.
Smoke alarms alerted neighbours to a fire involving a cannabis farm in a nearby property.
Firefighters were called at 12.10am on Monday, September 14, to Woodgate, just off Naylorsfield Drive, Netherley.
The fire involved electrical wiring in a bedroom on the first floor of the property. There were around 100 cannabis plants in the property.
Firefighters used a hose jet to extinguish the small fire. The fire was extinguished by 12.32am.
Watch Manager George Jennings, who attended the call- out with firefighters from Belle Vale Community Fire Station, said: “When firefighters arrived they could see smoke coming from the roof of the house. Smoke alarms in the house where the fire was activated and alerted neighbours so we were called before the fire could spread further.
“Electricity engineers needed to be requested to the scene as the electricity wiring had been bypassed and firefighters could not isolate the supply to the property. Locations where cannabis is grown can be very dangerous not only to firefighters responding to tackle
any fires but also to the public. Bypassing electricity meters can cause other metal items in properties to become ‘live’ posing a risk of electrocution.”
Around half a bedroom was severely damaged by smoke. The suspected cause of the fire was an electrical fault on wiring leading to a heat lamp.
Two fire appliances attended the call-out and firefighters had left the scene by 1.29am.
Detective Sergeant Lee Wilkinson from St Anne Street CID said: “Cannabis farms put lives at risk as the criminals who set them up tamper with electricity to avoid detection and this creates a massive fire risk to everyone living nearby.
“This discovery in Netherley shows how farms can be hidden right in the very heart of our communities and it has only been because of the fire that this has been discovered.
“It is in everyone’s interests to help the police put these drugs farms out of business by telling us where they are and who is involved so we can make communities safer.”
Scrap Yard Blaze
Firefighters were called out to a fire at a scrap yard in Bootle.
Our Service attended the site, near Brocklebank Dock and Regent Road, at around 6.55am.
The fire involved a large quantity of waste plastic and rubber.
Four fire appliances were called out and firefighters were at the scene until 12.15pm.
The incident happened on Tuesday, September 15.
Firefighters were called out to a fire at a farmer’s field in Haydock.
Our Service attended Littler Road just before 1.30pm on Wednesday, September 16.
The fire involved straw in a section of grassland. Firefighters used beaters to extinguish the flames.
A fire appliance was called out and fire crews were at the scene for around 45 minutes.

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