Incendiary device discovered after Whitefield house fire exposed cannabis farm


Police believe a house fire that exposed a cannabis farm was started on purpose.

The fire severely damaged the Whitefield semi-detached property last week.

And the Manchester Evening News understands that some sort of incendiary device – possibly a gasoline bomb – is suspected of being used.

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Fire crews were called to the home on Woodlands Avenue near Dales Lane at 2 a.m. on Friday, September 24.

Firefighters brought the flames under control and discovered a number of cannabis plants growing inside.

No one was inside the address at the time, and police said no one was injured in the blaze.

The incident resulted in people being evacuated to a nearby property and they had to stay overnight in a hotel.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that detectives are currently investigating the fire which is considered suspicious.

The fire department used a specially trained fire dog to help locate traces of accelerators inside and outside the property.

The footage from the scene appears to show the interior of the semi-detached house badly damaged by the fire.

The severely damaged interior of the Woodlands Avenue home, Whitefield. The fire that was discovered at 2 a.m. on Friday, September 24 is now treated as suspected arson

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Around 2 a.m. on Friday 24 e In September, four fire trucks from Blackley, Bury, Whitefield and Broughton witnessed a building fire on Woodlands Avenue in Whitefield.

“Respirator-wearing firefighters used three reels, a ladder and a positive pressure ventilator to extinguish the blaze.

“The firefighters were present for several hours. “

Damage to the Woodlands Avenue house, Whitefield. Arson is suspected

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Just after 2 a.m. this morning (September 24, 2021) colleagues were called by colleagues at GMFRS to report a fire at an address on Woodlands Avenue in Whitefield .

“The fire allegedly involved a cannabis farm at the address and was safely extinguished by GMFRS

“Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information can report them online or by using the LiveChat service at

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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