Life on Reading Road returns to normal after police finish removing cannabis plants from scene of house fire

Life on Reading Road in Ipswich is returning to normal after a cannabis plants were discovered at th

Life on Reading Road in Ipswich is returning to normal after a cannabis plants were discovered at the scene of a serious house fire on Friday - Credit: Archant

Police have finished their work removing cannabis plants from the scene of a serious house fire in Ipswich.

Police have removed cannabis from the scene of a house fire in Reading Road

Police have removed cannabis from the scene of a house fire in Reading Road - Credit: Archant

Officers dressed in white forensics suits were on Reading Road from around 3pm yesterday to catalogue the plants into evidence.

The family of an 89-year-old woman who lives next door are working with social services to find somewhere for her to live as the building is not safe for her to return.

Emergency services were called to the fire in the roof of the semi-detached house at around 11.55am on Friday.

Brown smoke could be seen billowing from the building with flames bursting up from under the roof tiles.

Scene of a fire in Reading Road, Ipswich, on February 17, 2017. Photo: Keith Mallen

Scene of a fire in Reading Road, Ipswich, on February 17, 2017. Photo: Keith Mallen - Credit: Archant

Firefighters had to temporarily halt their attempts to find a ‘unaccounted for’ resident who was believed to be still in the building so that UK Power Networks could shut down the power to the property.

Yesterday, fire crews called off the search after a removing debris from the first floor ceiling and conducting a thorough search.

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According to fire station commander Jon Southgate, a ‘substantial’ amount of cannabis had been discovered in the property.