Police sniffed out a drugs farm after being sparked into action by a blaze at a South Tyneside home.
Fire crews from South Shields and Hebburn and police were scrambled to Frobisher Street last night after reports of a blaze sweeping through a terraced house split into a block of flats.
Officers uncovered a small cannabis farm in the loft of a property after flames had been extinguished.
It is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
Police have now launched an appeal for information to find those responsible for growing the drugs.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 8.40pm on Wednesday, police were informed about a fire in flats in Frobisher Street.
“Police attended and established there was a small cannabis farm in the loft of the property.
“No-one was injured in the fire.
“Inquiries are ongoing to locate the person responsible for the cannabis farm.”
Anyone with information, should contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting the reference number 1107 110816.