Cannabis plants worth thousands of pounds were discovered at a north-east property yesterday – after a fire broke out in a shed.
Police last night confirmed a man had been arrested in connection with alleged drugs offences following the find.
Fire crews were called to Crimond just after 2am after a fire broke out in a shed on Logie Road.
Neighbours described it being like the “Blackpool illuminations” as firefighters tackled the flames, which left the small shed a charred shell.
Police remained at the scene late into the afternoon, and could be seen carrying plants and fans from the property in evidence bags.
It is understood no drugs were found in the shed.
A spokeswoman said: “A man has been arrested in connection with alleged drug offences. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Four cars were parked at the rear of the property alongside discarded fishing creels, broken pallets and a trailer.
All that remained of the shed were its charred remains, which were surrounded by pieces of melted plastic and tools.
The house’s back garden looks out onto the school and some burnt parts of the shed and a fence had blown onto the playing field.
A woman, who did want to be named, said she watched the fire take hold after waking up in the middle of the night.
“I rose at about 2am,” she said.
“I opened my door and it was like Blackpool illuminations. There were two fire engines and two police cars.”
A fire service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 2.04am to a fire at a small shed.
“We sent two appliances from Peterhead and the police were in attendance. The stop message came through at 2.29am.”