Fire rips through house in Bolton – police discover huge cannabis farm inside as flames put out

Police uncovered a huge cannabis farm at a home after a blaze in the early hours.

Firefighters and police rushed to the scene in Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, on Tuesday at midnight, where a terraced house was reported burning.

Three fire engines and crews from Bolton Central and Bolton North fire stations spent three hours battling the flames, into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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The gas supply at the home – and neighbouring properties – had to be isolated as the fire raged on, according to fire service bosses.

When the fire was extinguished, police officers went inside the property – only to find a cannabis farm filled with around 100 plants.

Enquiries into the farm have been launched, though no arrests have yet been made.

The house is now boarded up because of the damage caused by the flames.

Gas supply in the road had to be isolated in the wake of the fire
(Image: ABNM Photography)

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At midnight on December 29, 2020, officers were called by colleagues at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to a report of a fire at a premises on Tonge Moor Road in Bolton where a suspected cannabis farm containing approximately 100 plants was found.

“The fire was extinguished by colleagues at GMFRS. Officers also attended and enquiries are on-going.

“No one was injured and no arrests have been made this stage.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting log number 1 of 29/12/2020. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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