Blaze destroys house behind Southsea Fire Station

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FIREFIGHTERS did not have far to go when flames engulfed a house yesterday – it happened just yards away from their station.

The blaze ended up gutting the terrace house in Froddington Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth, burning out rooms on the ground and first floors.

The fire-damaged house in Froddington Road, with the fire station in the background. ''Picture: Stuart Anderson

The fire-damaged house in Froddington Road, with the fire station in the background. ''Picture: Stuart Anderson

The fire was called in at 4.11pm and three fire engines from Southsea Fire Station, just around the corner in Somers Road, were sent out.

Firefighters rescued a woman from the house, who suffered minor burns and was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: ‘The occupant went to hospital with some minor burns. She was rescued by our firefighters. The cause is unknown at the moment but it will be investigated.’

Maxine Pratt, 51, is a carer who lives next door to the house where the fire was.

She said she was asleep when the fire broke out as she had to work the night shift last night.

Ms Pratt said she became aware of the blaze when firefighters came to get her out.

She said smoke started wafting into her house through the electrical sockets in the kitchen.

Ms Pratt said: ‘I could smell something and smoke was coming through the plugs.

‘The fire brigade came knocking on my door to get me out.

Mrs Pratt said she had to evacuate her house for about half an hour while the fire was brought under control.

She said the damage to the house looked ‘terrible’, and it was lucky it had not spread to neighbouring properties.

She said: ‘We don’t have any structural damage.’

The fire was out by 5.10pm.

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the emergency services had done an excellent job of responding to the emergency.

She said: ‘I saw smoke and the woman lying on the ground outside her house.

‘It was all cordoned off.

‘It was chaos because it’s such a little road, but the fire brigade and police were brilliant.’