Cannabis-growing equipment may have caused house fire
A fire at a house in Bassingham yesterday might have been started by equipment used to help grow drugs, say police.
Lincolnshire Police have cautioned a 50-year-old man for production of a controlled drug after three crews of firefighters were called to a property in the village.
Appliances from North Hykeham, Brant Broughton and Newark were called to the scene in Middlegate at Bassingham at 2.41pm.
A fire and rescue spokesman said: "The fire was in a roof space at the house and it was extinguished by crews from three stations."
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police had earlier said: "We are investigating the possibility that the fire was caused by overheating equipment which may have been used to produce cannabis the property."
A woman who lives nearby but did not want to be named said: "I was at the shop and heard the sirens but thought nothing of it.
“Then when I was walking home I saw the street had been blocked off and all the neighbours were out.
“Someone said they saw black smoke coming out of a window. Nobody was in the house so someone called the fire brigade.
“There were a few squad cars in the street and the fire fighters broke the door down. They were here for about four or five hours.”
A police officer told the Echo it was a “crime scene” so entry was not allowed.
Lucy Stones, 27, lives next door to the house and called the emergency services.
There is little evidence of the fire from the outside.
There were still police officers at the house at 8pm.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said there was severe damage by fire to a first floor bedroom and smoke damage to the remainder of the property.
Mrs Stones has just gone on maternity leave and is heavily pregnant.
Her husband Jonathan rushed home from work in Lincoln when he heard about the fire.
The couple said a man lived next door but they rarely see him, however they sometimes are aware that he is there at weekends.
She said: "I came home at about 2pm and smelt something but didn't think anything of it.
“I had the door open when I was unloading the shopping and could still smell it.
“It wasn't a very nice smell and I thought someone had lit a fire at their house or something.
“I went upstairs to get changed and as I went up the smell got stronger and I could see a layer of smoke.
“It was in our bedrooms so I checked my hair straighteners.
“I thought I could hear a fire alarm and knew it wasn't mine so I went outside and could see smoke coming out of the chimney next door. I knocked on the door but no one was in so I called the fire brigade.
“It was around 2.45pm. It was pretty bad in our house and it filled up our nursery.
“There was smoke in our bedroom, the spare bedroom, the landing and the bathroom.
“I was quite concerned at one point and my heart rate went up a bit.
“It's just a bit lucky that I was at home because I think it could have spread."