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Friday 18 April 2014

Neighbour's fire smokes out cannabis grow house

A garda leaves the house in Inchicore.

A CANNABIS grow house was uncovered after a fire broke out in a next-door property.

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade, responding to a fire at a terraced house on Tyrconnell Street in Inchicore, Dublin, broke into the adjoining house to ensure the blaze did not spread.

Once inside, they discovered the property was being used as a grow house.

The drugs haul is believed to have a street value of around €80,000.

Gardai described the scene as an "elaborate cultivation site".

The alarm was raised after the fire broke out in the next-door house at around 1.50am yesterday.

There was no one present in the grow house when gardai arrived and there were no reports of any injuries from the fire in either house.

Gangs involved in grow houses often attempt to bypass electricity metres to hide sudden spikes in power usage or tap into their neighbours' supply.

Last year a grow house in Rathangan, Co Kildare, was seriously damaged by fire when the gang involved interfered with its electricity supply.

However, a garda spokesman said it did not appear that the fire on this occasion had been sparked by the cannabis operation next door.

Meanwhile, gardai seized cannabis herb with a street value of €400,000 following the search of a house in Lucan, Dublin, on Monday night.

Irish Independent

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