Firefighters follow trail of suspected arson attacks in Gosport

The aftermath of the car fire in the Fort Brockhurst car park, Elson Road
The aftermath of the car fire in the Fort Brockhurst car park, Elson Road

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FIREFIGHTERS followed a trail of suspected arson attacks through Gosport last night.

The first incident was a grass fire in Elson Road, near Brune Park School, at around 7.30pm.

gosport fire pix Magennis Close and another nr Fort Brockhurst rep ep PIC 1''Bins in Magennis Close, Gosport

gosport fire pix Magennis Close and another nr Fort Brockhurst rep ep PIC 1''Bins in Magennis Close, Gosport

A spokesman from Gosport Fire Station said: ‘The fire appeared to have been deliberately lit.’

After that fire was put out, the crew responded to another grass fire in Station Road, Gosport, at 9.05pm.

The spokesman explained that the edges of some of the allotments had been set on fire.

Then, at around 2am, two large recycling bins next to a building had been set alight in Magennis Close, Rowner.

‘We managed to get there in time and pull them away before any damage had been done to the building,’ the spokesman said.

Shortly after arriving back at the fire station, the overnight crew received a report of a car fire in the Fort Brockhurst car park in Elson Road about 2.45am.

The vehicle, a Peugeot 306, was completely destroyed by the fire.

While they were still on the scene of that fire, at 3.20am, the fire crew got word of another two car fires at an industrial estate in Wingate Road.

In that incident, a Ford Focus and a Citroën van were ablaze.

The spokesman said the fires, which made for a busy night for Gosport’s firefighters, seemed to have been connected.

‘We were following a trail of malicious fire setting which police are investigating,’ he said.

‘It was a few hours of madness.

‘There were some very near misses [of fires getting out of control]. It could have been much worse.

‘If anybody has property on an industrial estate we would remind them to check their fire safety measures.’