'Significant' cannabis cultivation found at scene of high street blaze

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

‘Significant’ cannabis cultivation found at scene of high street blaze in Cowdenbeath, Fife Cllr Darren Watt

A “significant and specialist” cannabis cultivation was found at the scene of a fire on a high street on Tuesday.

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

Four fire engines were deployed and access to the road was blocked by police, with local diversions put in place.

No one was injured, however further investigation revealed a cannabis cultivation within the property.

Social media video showed the fire blazing for several hours.

Local councillor Darren Watt took to social media to say that the blaze had moved upward since “a number of the residential properties were connected” by the removal of 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.”

Officers will remain on scene while an investigation is carried out.

Confirming, a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At around 9.50am on Tuesday, September 27, we were called to provide traffic management while SFRS dealt with a fire on High Street, Cowdenbeath.

“A cannabis cultivation was discovered within a property.

It is believed the fire started downstairs and travelled upwards.

“Officers will remain on scene while an investigation is carried out.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 9.30am on Tuesday, 27 September to reports of a building fire on Cowdenbeath High Street.

The road has been restricted to traffic.

“Operations Control immediately mobilised four appliances to the scene.

“There have been no reported casualties.”

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