Cannabis factory was responsible for huge Doncaster house blaze, police confirm

A cannabis growing operation was responsible for a huge house blaze which closed one of Doncaster’s busiest roads for two days, police have confirmed.

By Darren Burke
Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:07 am

Fire broke out in the roof of a block of four properties on Balby Road on Tuesday afternoon, causing traffic chaos across the town.

Now South Yorkshire Police have said that a cannabis growing set-up was located at the property, which overlooks Westfield Park.

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The huge house fire closed Balby Road. (Photo: Terry Hill).

A spokesman said: Police were called to a property on Balby Road at around 3pm on Tuesday following reports of a fire.

"Emergency services attended and ensured that the building and residents were made safe. No injuries were reported.

"A cannabis set-up was located at the address. No arrests have been made.”

A number of fire crews descended on the scene after flames were spotted leaping from the roof of the property, which is understood to be made up of a number of flats and bedsits.

Traffic was diverted and people told to stay away from the scene as a large plume of smoke poured into the air as fire crews tackled the huge blaze as it spread through the roof void.

The road was re-opened late yesterday after Doncaster Council workers made the building safe.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting inc 563 of 20 April.