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Fire crews extinguish derelict building fire

Firefighter in breathing apparatus tackling red flames

Fire crews extinguish derelict building fire

Fire crews have extinguished a fire at a derelict building in Stoke-on-Trent where they found evidence of a previous cannabis grow. 

Firefighters were called at 12.05am on Thursday (4 August) to Portland House on Newcastle Street, Burslem, following reports of smoke issuing in the area.

Crews from Sandyford, Hanley and Burslem attended.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and one hose-reel jet to tackle the blaze.

The fire was extinguished by 2.20am.

No one was reported injured.

Following a subsequent search of the building, crews found evidence of a previous cannabis grow on the ground, first and second floors.

Firefighters ensured the building was safe and secured.

The incident was closed at 6.15am and has been left in the care of Staffordshire Police.

Inquiries are continuing. 

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