Warning after cannabis farm fires

PUBLISHED: 09:31 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:31 17 November 2014

fire engine~8

fire engine~8


There were two separate blazes in Bromley last year

Fire chiefs are warning that the number of cannabis factory fires are increasing, with two separate incidents in Bromley last year.

Cannabis factory fires are said to be particularly dangerous for firefighters to tackle. This is because they typically involve lots of electrical equipment, with a tangle of lamps and heaters that are normally powered from illegally sourced electricity.

And it isn’t just the resulting blaze which firefighters need to be wary of. Cannabis farmers have been known to kit out properties with false floors, barbed wire and electrification of door handles and windows to purposely injure those who discover the drugs.

London Fire Brigade third officer Dave Brown said: “Cannabis factory fires can be very severe because of the way criminals use unsafe wiring to illegally obtain electricity in order to grow the plants. They’re often in top floors or lofts which means when a fire takes hold it spreads, destroying roofs and damaging neighbouring buildings.

“Firefighters can also be exposed to risks when dealing with the fires because of bad wiring and booby traps at some of the properties.

“It’s important that people know the key signs and inform the police so that they can act swiftly to prevent these dangerous fires.”

The warning comes just days after police uncovered a huge cannabis farm in St Mary Cray.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bromley Times. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Bromley Times