Cannabis farm worth over £1m discovered at flat following major blaze

Fire crews responded to calls of a fire on Cowdenbeath High Street at around 9.30am on September 27.

Cannabis farm worth more than £1m found at scene of flat fire on Cowdenbeath High Street in Fife Cllr Darren Watt

A probe has been launched after a cannabis farm worth around £1m was found at the scene of a fire in Fife.

Fire crews were called to reports of a building fire at a flat on Cowdenbeath High Street at around 9.30am on September 27.

Four fire engines were deployed and crews were left tackling the blaze for around six hours.

No one was injured, however further investigation revealed a cannabis cultivation with an estimated value of more than £1m within the property.

Cowdenbeath high street fire reveals cannabis cultivation. Fife Jammer Locations

At the time, local councillor Darren Watt took to social media to say that the blaze had moved upward since a number of the flats had been connected by removing internal walls.

He continued: “It became apparent the reason properties were interconnected was because there is a significant and specialist cannabis cultivation operating throughout, and now CID are investigating.”

Detective inspector Kieran Marsh, of West Fife CID, said: “Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the fire.

The road was closed for several hours while officers investigated. Cllr Darren Watt

“Officers continue to carry out extensive enquiries into both the fire and the cannabis cultivation discovered within the property.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have any information about this incident to come forward.

“I am also particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen people in and around the affected properties in the weeks leading up to the incident.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 0753 of September 27. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”

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