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Cannabis equipment caused Runcorn house fire, say police
POLICE today warned of the dangers of cultivating drugs in your own home after a cannabis farm caught fire.
Emergency crews were called to a small fire in a property in Old Coach Road, Runcorn.
Initial investigations suggest that faulty electrics on homemade equipment caused the fire in the two bedroom flat.
PC Copsey said: "This has obviously been an extremely dangerous incident and had it not been for a neighbour raising the alarm early, the consequences could have been far worse.
"Cannabis farms in people′s homes are a major concern as they require complex electrical equipment and the people responsible will often have little or no knowledge of safety, and will give little thought to other residents′ welfare.
"There are distinctive signs to look out for such as smells and sounds and people coming and going at unusual times.
“These people are breaking the law and putting lives at risk and we would urge anyone with any information or suspicions regarding domestic Cannabis farms to contact us. "
The fire broke out on the evening of Tuesday, September 17.
Anyone with information can call Cheshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.