FIREFIGHTERS have uncovered a £10,000 cannabis farm after they were called to a minor blaze at a Barnoldswick warehouse.
The discovery was made by Barnoldswick and Earby fire crews who arrived at the scene, just after midnight on Friday, after reports a fire had got underway in a warehouse in Butts Lane.
On arrival they found a large quantity of cannabis plants growing in one of the four rented units, and a number of electrical heaters being used to grow the plants were also discovered.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious or believed to have been started deliberately, but as a result of the cables from the equipment overheating, which in turn sparked the blaze.
The operation has been described as “significant” and “by no means amateur” by Pendle CID, who say it had been taking place across two rooms within the unit.
Detective Sergeant Charlie Haynes, of Pendle CID, said: “We found one of the rental units to be cultivating cannabis, and as a result of investigations by CID, have made an arrest. The plants were growing in one room, but another room was also being used and it is estimated that there was roughly £10,000 worth of cannabis plants.
“The fire was caused by electrical cables overheating and is not being treated as suspicious.”
A 56-year-old local man was arrested by police charged on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.It is not clear how long the farm had been operating and police are still looking into whether the drug had been dealt.
Fire crews used four breathing apparatus and two hose reels to tackle the blaze which left the ground floor with slight fire damage.
The plants have since been seized by forensic teams who are working closely with police.