FLAMES have badly damaged a kitchen at a man’s flat.
The fire broke out at a ground-floor address in Forton Road, Gosport, about 10.45pm on Friday.
If he had been home it could have been a lot worseStephen Bint
Watch manager Stephen Bint of Gosport Fire Station said about 30 per cent of the kitchen was damaged by the blaze and there was smoke damage throughout the rest of the flat.
He said authorities were still unsure why the fire broke out.
Mr Bint said: ‘At the moment the cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated by police and the fire and rescue service.’
Mr Bint said a group of people had gathered on the footpath opposite the flat and were concerned that someone was inside.
But he said the flat’s resident was not home when firefighters got to the scene, and he arrived soon afterwards to see the fire in progress.
Mr Bint said the man was lucky to have avoided injury as the home did not have smoke alarms.
‘There were no working smoke alarms in the house, and if he had been home it could have been a lot worse.’
Two fire crews from Gosport and one from Fareham extinguished the blaze using a hose reel and wearing breathing masks.
The fire had been extinguished by 1.30am.