Police probe cannabis farm after house fire

Police seal off the house on Wigan Lower Road, Standish Lower Ground following a fire

Police seal off the house on Wigan Lower Road, Standish Lower Ground following a fire

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DETECTIVES have been scouring the gutted house where the remains of a cannabis farm were found following a devastating fire.

A joint police and fire investigation has been launched following the blaze at the semi-detached property on Wigan Lower Road, Standish Lower Ground on Friday night.

Police at the scene of the fire on Wigan Lower Road, potentially started by a cannabis farm inside

Police at the scene of the fire on Wigan Lower Road, potentially started by a cannabis farm inside

Firefighters were called at 9.30pm to reports of people inside the burning building but they soon discovered this wasn’t the case.

The living room was well alight and despite the two pumps spending almost two hours battling the blaze, the house was left “100 per cent” destroyed. Damage to the adjoining, vacant property was kept to a minimum.

The road was sealed off as firefighters attended to the fire, before being re-opened at around 11pm.

Police and electrical engineers were later called in when it became clear that the likely cause was that the farm had been hooked up to the circuit.

We found a cannabis farm inside the house and scenes of crime officers are down there this morning

Watch manager Gareth Gray

Scenes of crime officers spent Saturday morning examining the scene.

A police spokesman said: “We were called shortly after 9.30pm to a possible cannabis farm at the property.

“The fire service had forced entry and the ground floor living room was well alight.

“There was evidence of a cannabis farm set up and scenes of crime officers have been at the address throughout Saturday morning.”

Police and firefighters at the scene on Friday night

Police and firefighters at the scene on Friday night

Watch manager Gareth Gray from Wigan fire station said: “We were called to persons being reported inside but we couldn’t find anyone in the property.

“We found a cannabis farm inside the house and scenes of crime officers are down there this morning.

“There was 100 per cent damage to the property that caught fire.”