Search for man following crop house fire

Geelong Divisional Response Unit detectives are searching for a man following a crop house fire in Armstrong Creek last week, Victoria Police say.

Emergency services were called to Silky Oak Lane following reports of a house fire about 7.30am on Friday 8 June.

It was quickly discovered that a hydroponic cannabis crop was being grown in the house.

Police investigating the incident attempted to speak to a man, perceived to be of Asian appearance, who was walking nearby on Barwon Heads Road a short time after the fire.

The man fled into nearby paddocks when police approached and was unable to be located.

Police believe that the same man, with a bleeding hand, caught a taxi from North Geelong to Derrimut.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone that may have given a lift to a man, perceived to be of Asian appearance with a bleeding hand, from Armstrong Creek to North Geelong about 8am on Friday 8 June.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault and is not being treated as suspicious.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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