A fire that broke out at the top of a property in Middlesbrough at the end of last week has been linked to an electrical fault at a cannabis farm.

Emergency services attended Clive Road in the town at around 11.45am following reports of a house fire on the street. 

Police and fire crews closed off the street during the incident, before extinguishing it.

Firefighters left the scene at around 2.35pm. 

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On Wednesday (August 16), Cleveland Police have confirmed that the incident was in connection with an electrical fault at a cannabis farm, which caused significant damage to the property and minor damage to another property

49 plants believed to be worth around £40,000 were located across a number of rooms in the property following the fire.

No arrests were confirmed by the police.

However, they have put out a warning to landlords to stay vigilant in detecting cannabis farms in rented properties. 

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Neighbourhood Sergeant John Sproson from Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Team said: “This incident highlights the dangers that cannabis farms can pose amongst our communities.

“It is fortunate that the fire did not spread even further and that no one was hurt, however, significant damage has been caused.

“Landlords are asked to be vigilant when renting to tenants that they do not know, especially if they are offering cash payments.

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“Dangerous wiring which is used to bypass electricity meters proves to be a fire hazard at most cannabis farms which are discovered, which can put lives at risk and cause damage to other properties. The irresponsible actions of those setting up these farms could lead to a significant incident.

“Anyone who may have concerns regarding suspicious activity at any properties can contact Cleveland Police or Crimestoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.”