Hampshire fire crews called to deal with bonfires

Portchester Fire Station

UPDATE: Six crews put out house fire in North End

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FIREFIGHTERS spent more than five hours putting out bonfires in open spaces across Portsmouth.

Southsea firefighters went out 14 times until midnight on Saturday.

The first call came in at 6.20pm on Saturday night from worried residents about bonfires which were started in parks across the city.

Meanwhile, it was also a busy weekend for other firefighters across the area.

A crew from Gosport were called to Cobden Street at 3am on Saturday to reports of a house fire.

When the firefighters arrived the occupants were outside.

Inside they found a fire in the kitchen which they were able to quickly put out.

There was a small amount of fire and smoke damage in the kitchen.

It is not known how the blaze started.

At 8.26am on Saturday a wheelie bin was set alight in Lea Oak Gardens, Fareham.

Later that night, just after 8.30pm, a bench was set on fire in Blackbrook Park.

Firefighters arrived at the park at 10.40pm to find the bench well ablaze. They believe the fire was started deliberately after lighter fluid was found at the scene.