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‘Cannabis production blights Salford’: Residents forced to flee as illegal drugs farm fire destroys terraced homes

By Dean Wilkins

A number of Salford residents were forced to flee their homes after a cannabis farm ignited and destroyed three terraced houses this morning.

The blaze was noticed at around 5.25am and police and fire officers found the row of homes on Baltic Street, Salford, burning.

A number of nearby residents were forced to evacuate as firefighters tackled the flames caused when a home-grown cannabis farm was set alight.

A 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Rachel Smith, of Salford CID, said: “This incident once again demonstrates that reckless danger inherent in producing cannabis.

“This cannabis farm has not only being producing illegal drugs but it has put nearby people in potential danger.

“Thankfully, no-one has been injured and the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, but the disruption caused was considerable.”

The fire is now extinguished but people have not yet been allowed back into their homes – officers are continuing their investigations before declaring the homes safe to return to.

“The production of cannabis is a blight on our communities and I would always encourage anyone with suspicions about cannabis farms to get in touch with the police immediately,” added Detective Sergeant Smith.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of GMP, with thanks

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