A large cannabis farm has been discovered earlier today (December 22) after fire services were called to reports of smoke coming out of a commercial property in Burnley.
The large quantities of drugs were not known to the fire crews who gained access to the building this morning around 7am, but once inside the farm was uncovered.
The drug farm was discovered in a basement of the commercial property on Colne Road at the junction of Hurtley Street as an emergency service operation is ongoing.
Three fire engines from Burnley and Nelson arrived at the scene with crews equipped with breathing apparatus and fire hoses.
Firefighters struggled to get into the building at first as the door had been fortified.
Crews discovered the fire in the basement and tried to control it – they were soon accompanied by the police, gas and electricity companies who had to cut off the energy supplies to houses for some time.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “Upon arrival, crews struggled to gain entry for a while due to the heavily fortified nature as the building was being used as a cannabis farm.
“We’ve got the fire under control now and we’ve been doing a lot of work to make sure it is fully out which could take us several more hours.
“We’ve got the assistance from Lancashire Constabulary, Cadent Gas, and Electricity North West to make the scene safe.
“Unfortunately this has led to a number of houses without power for a short time which Cadent and Electricity Northwest are working hard to solve.