A south Auckland landlord discovered their house was being sublet after a fire sparked by a cannabis growing operation.
Flat Bush tenant Hiep Tuan Luu sublet the house to a friend from Vietnam. He said he did not know cannabis was being grown or that the subtenants were involved with drugs.
A fire in a bedroom at the end of November 2019 revealed the house had been set up to grow cannabis.
The fire occurred as someone had connected to the electricity supply before the meter and bypassed the circuit board, causing the wiring to become overloaded, a Fire and Emergency NZ report said.
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Two rooms were being used for the operation, which included apparatus for lighting and ventilation.