Cannabis operation goes up in smoke

21:50, Nov 25 2013

An alleged cannabis grower's hydroponic operation in North Canterbury has gone up in smoke.

Firefighters were called to the blaze, which had engulfed a shed at a property on Main St in Oxford at about 11.20am yesterday.

The fire brought traffic to a stand-still.

Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston said it appeared lights in a hydroponic cannabis growing set-up started the fire.

There were 12 plants inside the shed, which was largely destroyed.

"It [the fire] stopped traffic in Oxford. The cannabis going up in smoke, the shed going up in smoke - it was all happening for a brief period of time."

An Oxford man was charged with cultivating cannabis in the wake of the blaze.

"We've heard a few locals have had a quiet laugh about this man's demise," Johnston said.

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