– A double-storey house in Craigieburn full of cannabis plants has been destroyed by fire.
Neighbours raised the alarm at about 11 am after noticing the blaze, which apparently started as the result of an electrical fault. The house was extensively damaged with the entire top floor burnt out.
Firefighters found an estimated 200-300 mature cannabis plants growing in all the bedrooms and a bottom-floor lounge room.
There was no one in the house during the fire. Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating who was renting the premises.
Dodgy electrical work at cannabis grow houses has caused a surge in house fires across Melbourne, with six houses burning down in the past two weeks – Stephen Cauchi