Video: Dogs killed and woman taken to hospital in Portsmouth house blaze

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TWO dogs have died and a woman was taken to hospital after a house fire in Portsmouth.

Six crews were called to tackle the blaze in Powerscourt Road in North End at 10.20am.

A woman suffered a burn to her face but escaped her home and was taken to hospital.

Police have shut the road at its junction with Farlington Road.

Station manager Ty Whitlock said: ‘Firefighters were faced arduous conditions in terms of heat, smoke and poor visibility.

‘This was a significant fire on our attendance.

‘It spread in the hallway, other living rooms, up through the stairs and smoke in bedrooms.’

The fire started in the kitchen and the cause is being investigated.

‘We have no cause to feel that this is a suspicious fire,’ Mr Whitlock added.

The neighbouring properties were also smoke damaged. Five homes were evacuated.

Neighbour Andrew Hare was woken up by emergency crews.

He said: ‘I saw smoke billowing out the house and down the street.

‘I had to shut all my bedroom windows.’

Three crews from Southsea, two from Cosham and one from Portchester attended the blaze.

Pictures by Andrew Hare