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Warning after cannabis farm fires

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

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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.

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