Emergency services were called to a large fire at Sparrows Herne Road yesterday (Tuesday, April 6).
Three houses were damaged in the fire, which began in the first floor of a terraced house and subsequently spread into the roof space and two neighbouring properties.
Hertfordshire Police told MyLocalNews: “We can confirm that a suspected cannabis factory was discovered inside the property and we are investigating. No arrests have been made at this stage”
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue team said: “In total, 13 fire engines, including an aerial ladder platform and command support unit, were sent to the scene, and the fire was successfully extinguished by around 8:15am.
“Firefighters were initially concerned that there may be people in the buildings, but after a search of the properties everyone was accounted for safely. This was a difficult operation for fire crews as the fire caused extensive damage to the buildings, including a partial collapse of the roof and internal floors. Structural engineers are assessing the building.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”
Despite the fire being put out by 8.15am, Sparrows Herne Road was shut for most of the day with the Hertfordshire Council Highways team advising people to avoid the area, as a heavy emergency service presence remained.