‘Fears’ of Grenfell Tower style blaze in Portsmouth tower block allayed after it turns out to be a barbecue

FEARS a fire was tearing through a high rise building in Portsmouth turned out to be false – with it nothing more than a barbecue.

By Steve Deeks
Tuesday, 7th May 2019, 11:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th May 2019, 11:38 am

Concerned residents in the block sounded the alarm fearing they could be victims of a blaze akin to those who perished in the Grenfell Tower catastrophe. 

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But after Cosham and Southea fire crews attended the scene in Crown Street, Landport, fears were allayed when it became clear the ‘fire’ was coming from a barbecue on a balcony.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘The people having the barbecue were told to put the fire out before being warned they were not allowed to have barbecues on balconies.’