Cannabis Farm Found by Firefighters in Birmingham
An office block in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter was found by firefighters to be housing a cannabis farm when the building went up in flames.
The alarm was raised at 6.30pm on Saturday by members of the public who saw the end of the terrace building in Pitsford Street burst ablaze.
The fire crews went inside the derelict and empty building, once used as offices, to tackle the fire and found cannabis plants alongside equipment used in producing the drug.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said that the fire had been serious, causing severe damage, and council structural engineers had to be called in due to the partial collapse of the ceiling, resultant of structural timbers being burnt away.
The spokesman said: “It destroyed 30 to 40 per cent of the first floor and around half of the roof space,” adding that “because we suspect it was being used as a cannabis farm, we handed it over to the police.”