Firefighters 'Dodge Booby Traps' in Brentford Cannabis Factory
Blaze takes hold in building in Eastbourne Road this Saturday morning
Picture: London Fire Brigade
Firefighters had to cope with booby traps set to prevent access to a cannabis factory in Brentford when it caught fire according to their Twitter account.
The blaze took hold in the building on Eastbourne Road this Saturday morning (18 February).
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to the scene. Part of the first floor of the detached property of two floors was damaged by the blaze.
London Fire Brigade spokesperson 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 Brigade was called at 7.33am and the fire was under control just over two hours later. Fire crews from Chiswick, Ealing and Heston fire stations attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the police and fire officers.
February 22, 2017