Firefighters discover cannabis farm

Some of the cannabis plants found by firefighters at a house in Peasley Cross
Some of the cannabis plants found by firefighters at a house in Peasley Cross
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This is the significant cannabis haul discovered by firefighters after they were called to a house fire in St Helens.

Crews from Eccleston, St Helens and Whiston found around 100 cannabis plants after tackling a fire at a property on Morris Street, Peasley Cross, at about 10.30pm on Monday (January 27).

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose jet to extinguish a blaze in a first floor bedroom - believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault.

While searching the property and tackling other fire hotspots, firefighters discovered the cannabis plants.

Police subsequently sent a cannabis dismantling team to the property on Tuesday (January 28) to remove the plants and associated equipment.

No arrests have yet been made.

Watch manager Mike Foster, of Eccleston Fire Station, said: “As we searched to check whether anyone was inside we discovered a room where cannabis plants were and informed the police.

“Buildings where cannabis farms are located can pose a real risk to firefighters. There are entanglement hazards and, at times, electricity meters are bypassed.

“Firefighters worked well to tackle the fire and stop it spreading to an adjacent property.

“Power engineers were also requested and isolated electricity supplies.”

Anyone with information which could help the police with their inquiries can contact the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.