Emergency crews responding to house fire at Evanston Park, South Australia

A hydroponic set-up may have sparked a house fire at Evanston Park overnight.

Police and fire crews responded to reports of smoke and flames coming from the Newkree Road, Evanston Park property just after 9pm on Monday 10 May.

The fire appears to have started in a front room and caused extensive damage to the house. The occupant was not at home at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries.

Fire cause investigators attended the property overnight.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault, possibly caused by a hydroponic set-up. Hydroponic equipment and several cannabis plants were removed from the property.

Barossa CIB detectives and crime scene investigators attended this morning to conduct further investigation.

The occupant, a 39-year-old Evanston Park man, was reported for cultivating cannabis and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Anyone with information on the growing, sale or supply of illicit drugs can report it anonymously to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Barossa Police issue a timely warning on the dangers of the hydroponic cultivation of cannabis, which are often crudely constructed setups.

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