'Out of control' bonfire in Portsmouth rips through a series of garden sheds

A BONFIRE that got out of control tore through a number of gardens in North End this afternoon.

Friday, 26th July 2019, 6:13 pm
Updated Friday, 26th July 2019, 6:14 pm
A shed damaged by fire in a rear garden in Binsteed Road, Buckland, Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Darren Robson

Fire crews from Portsmouth were called to Binsteed Road this afternoon after a garden bonfire started to spread to neighbouring properties.

Southsea Fire Station’s crew manager, Rich Furse, says two appliances were sent to the blaze this afternoon at around 3.15pm.

He said: ‘The fire was started by a person doing a controlled burning in their back garden – unfortunately the bonfire set fire to the garden shed and the others neighbouring it.

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‘The shed from that property was completely destroyed; the other two affected were written off but not totally destroyed.

‘Six gardens were affected by the fire in total.’

Crew manager Furse has warned about the dangers of starting fires in the hot weather.

‘With everything being so dry after the hot weather, a fire can spread very easily,’ he said.

Neighbour Darren Robson, 41, watched as firefighters tackled the blaze.

He said: ‘It started as a bonfire but before we knew it there were three sheds on fire.

‘My mother-in-law lives next door and her fences were on fire too.

‘It was pretty scary stuff – but I suppose it just goes to show how careful you have to be when having a fire in your back garden.’

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