Cannabis factory goes up in flames

a MASSIVE cannabis factory was discovered by the fire service on the outskirts of Rathangan last week when the shed housing it burst into flames.

a MASSIVE cannabis factory was discovered by the fire service on the outskirts of Rathangan last week when the shed housing it burst into flames.

Although all the plants were destroyed and it is hard to estimate how much they were worth, the size of the operation indicates it was one of the most significant of its kind found in Kildare.

It is estimated that the shed on Boston Hill was using up to 4,000 units of electricity a week costing approximately a E2,000 a month to run. It’s believed the fire broke out shortly after 5.30am on Thursday June 2 and the fire service was alerted. They called the gardai when they discovered the building was being used as a cannabis cultivation factory. The nearby house was being rented to a number of Chinese nationals, who were seen leaving the scene shortly after the fire began.

The shed contained apparatus used in the growing of cannabis including UV lights, two generators and a mezzanine floor level covered in peat moss. Everything was destroyed by the fire. CCTV cameras were also in place.

It’s understood the owner had been renting out both properties for several months. Gardai from Kildare town and Rathangan are continuing their investigations. The cause of the fire is unknown, however, with such an array of electrical equipment, it is believed that may have contributed to the cause.