Cannabis plants were found after a three-storey property went up in smoke – blowing a hole in the roof, police say.
The blaze broke out at the property in Meadow Lane in Nottingham shortly before 12.30pm on Thursday, May 27.
Police say there were at least 40 cannabis plants found inside the property when fire crews arrived.
The fire, which is believed to have started in the roof space, also spread to the roofs of neighbouring properties causing damage -. no injuries were reported.
It was put out at around 4.15pm and the property is still being carefully monitored to prevent any further outbreaks.
Partial road closures were in place for 24 hours, with the road reopening on Friday afternoon, and police officers remain in the area while investigators continue with their work. A structural engineer has also been inspecting the damage.
Sergeant Pete Shaw, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While the cause of this fire remains under investigation, this incident highlights the dangers of illegal cannabis growing due to the fire risk, especially if people are living in adjoining properties.
“We are working hard to trace the individuals responsible for the cannabis grow, including a man who was seen running from the address.
“Our enquiries are ongoing and I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have information that could help us with our investigation to please come forward. We’d also like to hear from any drivers who may have captured dash-cam footage which may assist us.
“As a force we take the production and supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously and will not tolerate the cultivation of cannabis in our communities.
“The production and selling of cannabis can sometimes be perceived a victimless crime, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It has a detrimental impact on communities and ruins lives.
“We will relentlessly pursue the people behind such illegal grows and our message to anyone involved in this harmful activity is clear. We are very likely to find out what you’re doing and, when we do, we will take decisive action.”
Anyone who may have information that could aid officers in their investigation should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 282 of 27 May 2021.
A Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “We put out the fire and left the scene by around 4.15pm (Thursday).
“No one was hurt. A joint fire and police investigation concluded the fire started in the roof space but we don’t yet have a cause.
“We then handed the scene over to the police.”