Dope plants found in fire call­out

Central Leader - - News -

Fire­fight­ers got more than they bar­gained for while in­ves­ti­gat­ing a small house fire.

A crew was called to a Green­lane prop­erty about 7am on Wed­nes­day where a fire had started in a rum­pus room at the back of the house.

When they ar­rived, the fire had been put out by the oc­cu­pant but while ven­ti­lat­ing the house fire­fight­ers dis­cov­ered be­tween 30 and 40 cannabis plants.

The po­lice were called and are speak­ing to a man about the in­ci­dent.

Eller­slie fire sta­tion of­fi­cer Ian Richards says the fire was caused by some­thing com­bustible get­ting too close to the room’s heat­ing sys­tem.

The oc­cu­pants were lucky they woke up and found the fire be­fore it spread.

The house had no smoke alarms so lives could have been lost, he says.

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