Fire crews tackle Leicester house fire only to stumble upon hidden cannabis grow inside

Fire crews tackling a ferocious house fire in Leicester today discovered the property was being used for an unexpected purpose. What began as a call to a terraced house ended with police investigations into a cannabis grow found inside.

Flames engulfed the ground floor of a terraced house in Luther Street in Westcotes at around 11.20am today (March 5). The floor was well alight when fire crews arrived at the scene.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue confirmed that the house was vacant at the time. But residents from neighbouring properties had to be evacuated “due to the nature of the fire”.

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Leicestershire Police officers were called to the scene shortly after, at 11.45am. by fire crews. Luther Road was blocked while three fire crews and police officers remained at the scene, with officers seen speaking to local residents as the incident was dealt with.

The fire was put out by 1pm, however, it is not known whether the evacuees have yet been able to return to their respective homes. A fire investigation team and police officers are investigating the cause of the blaze.

A fire spokesman said: “We were called at 11.21am today to a fire at a domestic property. No persons were trapped.

“On arrival, the ground floor of a terraced property was well alight. Due to the nature of the fire, neighbouring properties had be evacuated.

“Nobody was in the home at the time of the fire.”

A police spokesman added: “Shortly before 11.45am today (Tuesday 5 April) police were called to a property in Luther Street by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

It was reported there had been a fire at the property – which was vacant – and cannabis plants had been found inside.
Enquiries into the incident are continuing.”

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News