Incense stick believed to have caused Southsea house blaze

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A BURNING incense stick could have caused a fire in a bedroom.

Firefighters from Southsea fire station tackled the bedroom blaze in an empty property in Harrow Road, Southsea, at around 9pm last night.

BLAZE The scene of the fire in Harrow Road                                  Picture: Sam Bannister

BLAZE The scene of the fire in Harrow Road Picture: Sam Bannister

The fire was in a bedroom at the back of the two storey house and left the first floor severely damaged. The bedroom itself was completely destroyed.

Fire crews put out the fire and checked the loft space to ensure it would not spread into other properties.

Watch manager Jason Boh said: ‘The fire was on the first floor of the rear bedroom. It was quite a severe fire.

‘The conditions were very hot. The fire had gone to the roof space above the bedroom and travelled back towards the front of the property.

‘It was a fully developed fire inside that bedroom. It progressed up to the ceiling into the loft space. We managed to contain it to the first floor.

‘Most of our firefighting was done from the inside. It was a really good stop. It could have gone left and right.’

An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin today, but a resident who lived in the property admitted to burning incense sticks earlier in the day.

And watch manager Boh said it could have been worse had the fire happened an hour earlier, due to a spate of bin fires in Buckland.

‘If that house fire had come in an hour before there would have been no cover left in the city at all,’ he said.