Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Huge threat' to safety after makeshift cannabis factory sparks house fire

Credit: Handsworth Fire
Credit: Handsworth Fire

Matthew Cooper

A makeshift cannabis "factory" was discovered by firefighters after white smoke was spotted billowing from the roof of a semi-detached house.

West Midlands Police said overloaded wiring at the property in Hamstead Hall Avenue in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, posed a "huge threat" to public safety and had endangered the lives of neighbours.

Credit: Handsworth Fire
Credit: Handsworth Fire

Crews from Handsworth community fire station attended the blaze at about 6.50am on Sunday.

Pictures posted on the station's Twitter account showed a jumble of wires rigged up to a fuse box inside the three-bedroom home.

In a comment on the same Twitter page, the West Midlands Police Cannabis Disposal Team said: "Huge threat to public safety. Neighbours at risk of damage or death!"

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