UPDATE after Portsmouth homes evacuated after blaze spreads to neighbouring houses

A fire investigation is underway into a blaze that ripped through a garage today and rapidly spread to neighbouring houses

The fire that started today at around 10.00 am at a garage in Goldsmith Avenue Portsmouth, Quickly ripped throughout the premises engulfing a tree at the rear of the premises.

It quickly spread to neighbouring houses gardens after parts of a tree set alight which had dropped onto a nearby shed, At the rear of a property in Orchard Road this quickly spread to adjoining gardens.

Due to the rapid spread of the fire and gas bottles that was within the premises where the fire had started, Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue took the swift action of evacuating people from within the street.

One resident said who wishes to remain anonymous said: I first heard a lot of sirens and wondered what was happening, When i first came out my front door to see what was going on i saw a lot of smoke.
I then looked down a nearby alleyway and saw massive flames coming from a roof of a nearby premises, I then rushed into my house and was very worried by what i had seen.

Within minutes Police was knocking my door saying we had to leave due to gas canisters that could explode, I then got my stuff and left my property however this has left me shaken as i have never experienced or seen anything like this.

Hampshire Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue then forced access to numerous properties after fears residents was still within the houses situated in Orchard Road, Southsea, and was then seen helping elderly people out of their properties which was unable to walk.

A number of emergency services including Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Hampshire Police and South Central Ambulance service, are still at the scene whilst firefighters are still dampening the smouldering remains.

At this time we are unaware of the damage to the neighbouring properties however resident’s have since been allowed back in their homes, but the road will be closed to vehicles for a number of hours more to allow access for Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

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