Three suspected arsons in north Portsmouth to be investigated

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FIREFIGHTERS in Portsmouth tackled three suspected arsons this morning.

A garage in Military Road, Hilsea, was severely damaged, with two fire engines sent from Cosham fire station at around 3.10am.

Police at the scene of a fire in garages to the rear of Lonsdale Ave, Cosham, earlier this year, which has been linked to the arson attacks in Hilsea and Cosham

Police at the scene of a fire in garages to the rear of Lonsdale Ave, Cosham, earlier this year, which has been linked to the arson attacks in Hilsea and Cosham

Then, two cars were completely destroyed at a garage nearby in London Road, Hilsea, with firefighters from Southsea being called to the scene at around 4.05am.

And an outbuilding at The Salisbury pub in Salisbury Road, Cosham, was damaged by fire, with firefighters being alerted at 4.25am.

Red watch crew manager Ian Sales said Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary are now investigating the suspected arsons.

He said: ‘It is an area where we have had issues with an arsonist over the last 12 to 18 months.

‘It is something that we are now looking into. Because of the location and there have been three fires in such a short space of time, there is going to be an investigation.

‘All three of the fires are suspicious and are in such close proximity to each other.’

A number of fires have been tackled by firefighters in the past year around Cosham, including a garage fire in October.

Residents in the area have called for something to be done to put an end to arson attacks.