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Fire at Salford 'cannabis farm' forces evacuations

Fire damage on Baltic Street
Image caption Police, who cordoned off the scene on Baltic Street, said the cause of the fire was now being investigated

A number of people were forced to leave their homes after a fire at a suspected cannabis farm in Salford.

The fire service and police were called to Baltic Street, Weaste, at 05:15 GMT, where three terraced house lofts were found alight.

Police said a small cannabis farm was found in one of the homes, with the building "almost completely destroyed". About five properties were evacuated.

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.

'Reckless danger'

Officers said she remains in police custody for questioning.

Emergency services confirmed the fire had now been extinguished.

The incident is now being investigated by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Det Sgt Rachel Smith, from GMP, said the incident showed the "reckless danger inherent in producing cannabis".

"This cannabis farm has not only being producing illegal drugs but it has put nearby people in potential danger.

"Thankfully, no-one has been injured and the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, but the disruption caused was considerable."

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