A FIRE official stressed the importance of working smoke alarms after a bin fire at a block of flats.
Fire crews and the police were called to the building in London Road, Portsmouth, at the junction with Oriel Road, at around 7.40pm last night.
They found a large bin well alight inside a rubbish storage area.
Two fire engines from Cosham and one from Southsea attended. Part of the road was cordoned off as they tackled the blaze. They do not yet know what caused it.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I was making dinner and looked out of the window to see loads of black smoke.
‘There are families that live here.’
Watch manager Andy Marsh, of Cosham fire station, said: ‘The smoke affected the residents in the flats and their methods of escape.
‘The good thing was they all had working smoke alarms.’