Large fire at Colne house being used to grow cannabis

A LARGE fire at a terrace house this afternoon is thought to have started because it was being used as a cannabis factory.

The blaze, which wrecked the roof, also spread to the two neighbouring properties, which had to be evacuated.

Firefighters were called to William Street, Colne, at around 2pm after reports that the blaze had broken out in one of the bedrooms.

Witnesses said the smoke was so intense that it was impossible to see down the street.

Inspector Mick Johnson said: “There is a police investigation ongoing and one of the lines of inquiry is that the house was being used as cannabis farm.

“It does not appear to be suspicious, we are not treating it as an arson, but it would appear that the house was being used for the cultivation of the plant.”

Mark Davison, 39, who lives in William Street, but whose home was not affected, said: “The fire just erupted out of the roof.

“It was a very fierce fire.

“I live across the road and I could see the smoke so I went and was banging on doors.

“People could have been asleep in there and it is the smoke that kills.

“I am just glad it was not any worse than it was.”

Richard Hartley, who lives next door to the house to where the blaze started said it was fortunate he was not in at the time.

The 45-year-old father of five said: “I was out visiting my daughter at the time and the first I knew about it was when Mark came round and knocked on the door telling me he thought my house was on fire.

“We don’t know what the damage is yet, but part of my roof is gone so I won’t be able to go in for a while.

“There will be water damage too, so we will just have to wait and see.”

Kevin Wingfield, 45, who lives in the other neighbouring house and said he would have to find somewhere else to stay.

He said: “I was out with my dog Bongo and came home and saw all the smoke.

“It’s really upsetting but it is fortunate I was out at the time.”

Four fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were at the scene for several hours making sure the blaze was out.

Anybody with information about the blaze is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 .

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11:18pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Violent Vomit says...

"Anyone with information should call police" ? What sort of information..?
Information like Heath promotion is no place for moral control, else our helping hand quickly becomes a hated controlling power ?
"Lower the gun and we can talk"

Guess this will create a criminal void, to be filled with ever more violent criminal activity. From friend, to local dealer, to local gang, to more dangerous criminal gang, to an international criminal organisation. The price goes up resulting in more criminal risk being taken. We can not win this war, we must regulate and allow these officers to realise an ideal, really making their communities better places for all and just not a better place to do crime.

Criminalising is such an extreme measure and we need to stop, now, for the good of our society.

Although I think people care less about the real situation and more about their children running off and joining the circus or something.

I for one refuse to listen to the harm of any drug until we lower the gun of prohibition.

Hope these men do not have their lives needlessly destroyed.
"Anyone with information should call police" ? What sort of information..? Information like Heath promotion is no place for moral control, else our helping hand quickly becomes a hated controlling power ? "Lower the gun and we can talk" Guess this will create a criminal void, to be filled with ever more violent criminal activity. From friend, to local dealer, to local gang, to more dangerous criminal gang, to an international criminal organisation. The price goes up resulting in more criminal risk being taken. We can not win this war, we must regulate and allow these officers to realise an ideal, really making their communities better places for all and just not a better place to do crime. Criminalising is such an extreme measure and we need to stop, now, for the good of our society. Although I think people care less about the real situation and more about their children running off and joining the circus or something. I for one refuse to listen to the harm of any drug until we lower the gun of prohibition. Hope these men do not have their lives needlessly destroyed. Violent Vomit

8:58am Mon 26 Nov 12

AnthonyUK says...

The govt will NOT legalise cannabis but whatever the outcome it does NOT give ANYBODY the divine rights to use houses as cannabis farms and illegally hack into and dangerously tap off power/water supplies to feed this illegal activity. Anyone renting property and using it in this way should be evicted and blacklisted to every landlord/council/hou
sing association so they dont get to live alongside decent people ever again. Harvest Housing operate this way with a zero tolerance approach to drugs and it's good that they do so;every housing association/council/
landlord should follow suit.
The govt will NOT legalise cannabis but whatever the outcome it does NOT give ANYBODY the divine rights to use houses as cannabis farms and illegally hack into and dangerously tap off power/water supplies to feed this illegal activity. Anyone renting property and using it in this way should be evicted and blacklisted to every landlord/council/hou sing association so they dont get to live alongside decent people ever again. Harvest Housing operate this way with a zero tolerance approach to drugs and it's good that they do so;every housing association/council/ landlord should follow suit. AnthonyUK

11:40am Mon 26 Nov 12

Violent Vomit says...

If your drug use in not a nuisance and not a problem, then why should the law be involved. Nuisances are already defined in law.
So if the drug laws are to help the user, how on earth Anthony will making them homeless help?

This has nothing to do with health promotion and much more to do with moral control.

Much like the laws on homosexuality substance use must be a personal choice. For everyone's good.
If your drug use in not a nuisance and not a problem, then why should the law be involved. Nuisances are already defined in law. So if the drug laws are to help the user, how on earth Anthony will making them homeless help? This has nothing to do with health promotion and much more to do with moral control. Much like the laws on homosexuality substance use must be a personal choice. For everyone's good. Violent Vomit

10:43pm Thu 29 Nov 12

lancashirelass100 says...

If people want to use and abuse cannabis them leave them to it. Just don't seek medical help when it goes t*ts up costing the tax payers. And don't make up excuses for use it. Accept the bad press.
If people want to use and abuse cannabis them leave them to it. Just don't seek medical help when it goes t*ts up costing the tax payers. And don't make up excuses for use it. Accept the bad press. lancashirelass100

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