Firefighters discover huge cannabis factory during blaze at empty property

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Firefighters discovered a huge cannabis factory when dealing with a fire in Swansea, it has been revealed.

Emergency services attended the blaze at Sterry Road, Gowerton early on Friday, October 23.

But when entering the vacant building to fight the flames, firefighters discovered 700 cannabis plants inside the vacant building, a former pub and gym.

They informed police who attended the scene and recovered the huge amount of plants. An investigation is now underway.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: “We were alerted by the fire brigade to a fire in Sterry Road at about 8.50am on October 23.

“On entering the property to extinguish the blaze the firefighters discovered a cannabis factory.

“Officers attended and around 700 plants were recovered.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact 101 quoting occurrence 2000386741.”

A third floor flat at the building had been occupied but was not at the time of the fire.



Firefighters at the scene of the blaze at Sterry Road in Gowerton



The cannabis plants which were found inside the property by the fire service

A spokesman for the fire service added: “On Friday, October 23 at 8.46am, crews from Swansea West, Swansea Central, Llanelli, Tumble, Gorseinon, Carmarthen, Morriston, Pontardawe and Port Talbot attended a fire at a three-storey building in Sterry Road, Gowerton, Swansea.

“The fire was located on the first floor of the building and extinguished using 12 breathing apparatus, thermal imaging cameras, one main jet, one safety jet and small gear.

The property was also ventilated using two positive pressure ventilation fans. Upon entry to the building, firefighters located a cannabis farm and informed the police.

“The fire service left the incident at 5.20pm.

“The incident is under investigation.”

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The fire caused considerable shock among residents and traders as it played out on Friday.

Dan Williams owns Gents of Gower hairdressers in Sterry Road, across the road from the building.

He said: “I have been here for three years and the building has been empty all of that time. I was told it was going to become a rock ‘n’ roll bar at one time.

“Something needs to be done with that building as soon as possible.”

It is not the only disused building in Swansea where such a discovery has been made in recent times.

In September, we reported how police discovered more than 100 plants inside 31 Hebron Road, Clydach, the former New Colliers Arms, which has been empty for around six years.



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