Northampton cannabis farm goes up in smoke as blaze destroys terraced house
Investigators believe electrical fault started fire in Far Cotton property used to grow drugs
Police have confirmed drugs worth tens of thousands went up in smoke — literally — in a Northampton house fire last week.
Detectives established the property which was partially destroyed by a blaze in the early hours of Friday morning was being used as a cannabis farm.
Fire ripped through the upper floor and roof of the terraced house in Ransome Road, Far Cotton.
The house was empty, although families in adjacent properties had to be evacuated as five crews of firefighters battled to contain the blaze from 3am.
Fire investigators believe the blaze was started by an electrical fault.
■ Officers uncovered another cannabis farm worth up to £300,000 during a raid on an unoccupied property in Kingsthorpe on Saturday afternoon.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police revealed 321 plants were recovered — 98 large and 223 smaller.
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