Garage fires are concern for neighbourhood

Hampshire Police are investigating a fire in garages to the rear of Lonsdale Ave, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (1444-363)
Hampshire Police are investigating a fire in garages to the rear of Lonsdale Ave, Cosham. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (1444-363)
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PEOPLE living in an area which has suffered a spate of garage fires have expressed their worries.

Firefighters have been called out several times recently in the middle of the night to garage fires in the east Cosham area.

The latest came early yesterday morning, when firefighters were called to tackle a blaze in Lonsdale Avenue at 4.15am.

They found the garage, which was in a block of garages at the end of the owner’s garden, was well ablaze.

Everything in the garage, mainly used for domestic storage, was destroyed.

An investigation is ongoing, as it is believed to have been started deliberately.

Helen Fisher, 47, from Lonsdale Avenue, said: ‘It does concern me because Cosham is supposed to be a pretty good, decent area.

‘We used to live in Paulsgrove. We thought this was a better area but I don’t think it is.

‘Vandalism is definitely on the increase.

‘It’s a shame because it’s supposed to be a nice area.

‘People like it for the schools. The houses round here are really nice.’

Andy Collins, 54, also lives in Lonsdale Avenue. He said: ‘It’s happened now but I wish it hadn’t. I wish we could catch them.

‘I live in this street so it does concern me. We haven’t got a clue why it’s happening.’

Another resident who lives in Lonsdale Avenue but asked to remain anonymous, said his garage was set alight in January.

He said: ‘It is concerning. You end up looking out your window every now and then. My garage was a write-off. There was a lot of stuff in there.’

Last week, an open garage in Beaconsfield Avenue was set alight and during the same time period it was found that a trailer was set alight in front of a garage in Hilary Avenue.

Officers are investigating the possibility the latest fire is linked to the others in recent months.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Hampshire police on 101.