UPDATE: Three people rescued after major fire at derelict Bournemouth house

Bournemouth Echo: UPDATE: Serious fire closes road UPDATE: Serious fire closes road

THREE people were rescued after a major fire tore through a derelict house in Bournemouth.

The blaze broke out around 1.45pm on Sunday afternoon at a house earmarked for demolition in Wellington Road, Bournemouth.

Police, fire, ambulance and the air ambulance were all in attendance as more than 24 firefighters tackled the fire, with Holdenhurst Road and Wellington Road closed as a result of the incident.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing thick black smoke billowing across the road as well as people being rescued from the detached house and taken to hospital.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It was thick black smoke and just came across the road in seconds.

“You couldn’t see the cars going round the roundabout. At this point none of the emergency services were there. A girl I was stood with called 999 and the fire brigade was there within minutes.”

Another man, James Cumming, who lives nearby said: “There was a big plyboard over the gate and the firefighters couldn’t get in and were hitting it with a sledge hammer until someone could get the bolt cutters and open it up.

“It took seconds. They were very quick.

“Three people covered in soot were brought out. One was sat on the pavement screaming. I think he had burns on his legs and on his neck.”

Residents said the property had been used by homeless people recently and one member of the public said they had reported to police that vagrants had been entering the property.

Dorset Fire and Rescue station manager Richard Coleman said: “Local crews from the station were here within a couple of minutes and found some people out of the building, injured from the fire, and a very serious fire in the building knowing that there were extra people in there.

“It’s a building that’s waiting to be demolished so it has fencing and locked gates.

“There is an area around the side where we were able to break in and we used bolt croppers to break the padlocks off the front of the building.

“Those crews had to work incredibly hard and they got inside the building and rescued three people.

“They are still being treated in hospital so they’re going to be the best source of information but we can’t talk to those yet.”

The cause is believed to be accidental but it is not yet clear how the fire began.

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4:49pm Sun 1 Dec 13

wgb says...

Why did the landlord wait so long before demolishing the building?

There have been a number people living in and out of the building for a well over a couple of years now. The last incursion to 'try' to board up the property was cleaned up by the council's environment department.

The onset of the colder days meant that sooner or later a fire was bound to happen.
Why did the landlord wait so long before demolishing the building? There have been a number people living in and out of the building for a well over a couple of years now. The last incursion to 'try' to board up the property was cleaned up by the council's environment department. The onset of the colder days meant that sooner or later a fire was bound to happen. wgb

5:00pm Sun 1 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

The council and police have been aware of this property for sometime now and unfortunatley it was only a matter of time before this happened.

It was well known for drug and alcohol abuse.

Even though it was boarded up the people who used it entered the adjoining property and got through the bushes.

Now this property is destroyed and just up the road is another one which has become empty, one wonders how long it will be before the issue shifts.
At this present moment of the time that property is boarded up but desperate people take desperate measures.
The council and police have been aware of this property for sometime now and unfortunatley it was only a matter of time before this happened. It was well known for drug and alcohol abuse. Even though it was boarded up the people who used it entered the adjoining property and got through the bushes. Now this property is destroyed and just up the road is another one which has become empty, one wonders how long it will be before the issue shifts. At this present moment of the time that property is boarded up but desperate people take desperate measures. politicaltrainspotter

6:25pm Sun 1 Dec 13

LordLilliput says...

Very pleased to read that the emergency services 'have rushed' to the scene and didn't just dawdle there. A commendation for stating the bleeding obvious is in order I think..
Very pleased to read that the emergency services 'have rushed' to the scene and didn't just dawdle there. A commendation for stating the bleeding obvious is in order I think.. LordLilliput

6:35pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Townee says...

Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions. Townee

7:38pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Cookie2508 says...

I too was stuck in adds t tying to get out. It would be interesting for the echo to find out the mayor's view considering he was stuck in the traffic coming out of asda!
I too was stuck in adds t tying to get out. It would be interesting for the echo to find out the mayor's view considering he was stuck in the traffic coming out of asda! Cookie2508

7:40pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Cookie2508 says...

I too was stuck in asda trying to get out. It would be interesting for the echo to find out the mayor's view considering he was stuck in the traffic coming out of asda! It was just one big loop of traffic and no management to get it flowing the police by the entrance to asda / the petrol station.didn't seem interested at all
I too was stuck in asda trying to get out. It would be interesting for the echo to find out the mayor's view considering he was stuck in the traffic coming out of asda! It was just one big loop of traffic and no management to get it flowing the police by the entrance to asda / the petrol station.didn't seem interested at all Cookie2508

7:42pm Sun 1 Dec 13

misplacedspaniard says...

Townee wrote:
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.[/p][/quote]Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur. misplacedspaniard

7:42pm Sun 1 Dec 13

misplacedspaniard says...

Townee wrote:
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.[/p][/quote]Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur. misplacedspaniard

8:40pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Wageslave says...

Set fire to the bottle of booze when lighting the crack pipe ?
Set fire to the bottle of booze when lighting the crack pipe ? Wageslave

8:51pm Sun 1 Dec 13

LordLilliput says...

LordLilliput wrote:
Very pleased to read that the emergency services 'have rushed' to the scene and didn't just dawdle there. A commendation for stating the bleeding obvious is in order I think..
They've changed it :-)
[quote][p][bold]LordLilliput[/bold] wrote: Very pleased to read that the emergency services 'have rushed' to the scene and didn't just dawdle there. A commendation for stating the bleeding obvious is in order I think..[/p][/quote]They've changed it :-) LordLilliput

9:28pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Townee says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Townee wrote:
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.
Rubbish why do buses have to have special lanes? Just look at Wimbourne road up to cemetery junction, it had two lanes that flowed now look at it grid locked at rush hour tailing back to Winton and up talbot ave. this council is just trying to stop cars coming into town and that is why it's dead now. They need to cut or do away with car park fees ( that would save on collector of the money) and revitalise the town centre. Just look at Castle Point very busy and NO PARKING FEE.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.[/p][/quote]Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.[/p][/quote]Rubbish why do buses have to have special lanes? Just look at Wimbourne road up to cemetery junction, it had two lanes that flowed now look at it grid locked at rush hour tailing back to Winton and up talbot ave. this council is just trying to stop cars coming into town and that is why it's dead now. They need to cut or do away with car park fees ( that would save on collector of the money) and revitalise the town centre. Just look at Castle Point very busy and NO PARKING FEE. Townee

3:57am Mon 2 Dec 13

Redgolfer says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
Townee wrote:
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.
Townee get over it and do not use the underpass, instead use the roundabout and go down Oxford Road onto Lansdown Road and there you can go all ways.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.[/p][/quote]Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.[/p][/quote]Townee get over it and do not use the underpass, instead use the roundabout and go down Oxford Road onto Lansdown Road and there you can go all ways. Redgolfer

4:00am Mon 2 Dec 13

Redgolfer says...

Townee wrote:
misplacedspaniard wrote:
Townee wrote:
Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera.
This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car.
The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.
Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.
Rubbish why do buses have to have special lanes? Just look at Wimbourne road up to cemetery junction, it had two lanes that flowed now look at it grid locked at rush hour tailing back to Winton and up talbot ave. this council is just trying to stop cars coming into town and that is why it's dead now. They need to cut or do away with car park fees ( that would save on collector of the money) and revitalise the town centre. Just look at Castle Point very busy and NO PARKING FEE.
Townee get over it and do not use the underpass, instead use the roundabout and go down Oxford Road onto Lansdown Road and there you can go all ways.
AS for Castlepoint free parking but how long to get in and out of the place, far better to use public transport which I think is what they want you to do everywhere?????
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Police blocked off Holdenhurst Road stopping traffic going past the station entrance, Halfords and Staples. Caused massing problems for traffic leaving Asda, cars were directed around by the station only to be stuck in the traffic leaving Asda. Some cars went round and round, others were told to use the Lansdowne Road underpass from the station and appeal the ticket if the get one from the fix camera. This is another good reason for the underpass to be open to all traffic not just taxis and buses. Just because someone pays to travel by taxi or bus doesn't mean their time is more important than someone who uses their own car. The council should either sort the Asda roundabout or let traffic use the underpass, you can't have this situation recurring. This roundabout is a nightmare under normal traffic without diversions.[/p][/quote]Well the buses will be even later if this is allowed to occur.[/p][/quote]Rubbish why do buses have to have special lanes? Just look at Wimbourne road up to cemetery junction, it had two lanes that flowed now look at it grid locked at rush hour tailing back to Winton and up talbot ave. this council is just trying to stop cars coming into town and that is why it's dead now. They need to cut or do away with car park fees ( that would save on collector of the money) and revitalise the town centre. Just look at Castle Point very busy and NO PARKING FEE.[/p][/quote]Townee get over it and do not use the underpass, instead use the roundabout and go down Oxford Road onto Lansdown Road and there you can go all ways. AS for Castlepoint free parking but how long to get in and out of the place, far better to use public transport which I think is what they want you to do everywhere????? Redgolfer

8:26am Mon 2 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

If directed by the police you can drive up a one way street at your risk, so would this have applied if they directed motorist to use this bus route.
Presuming they notified the council of the time window this would have occurred at, so no fines were too be issued.
If directed by the police you can drive up a one way street at your risk, so would this have applied if they directed motorist to use this bus route. Presuming they notified the council of the time window this would have occurred at, so no fines were too be issued. Lord Spring

10:57am Mon 2 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

What's up George
getting mega depressed are we cos its xmas again
cheer up for**** sake.
a 2 bed bungalow had a fire the traffic was diverted
that's it ..don't get stressed out its nowt
what colour you expect the smoke to be Pink
stuck up a one way street now are you
BLESS
What's up George getting mega depressed are we cos its xmas again cheer up for**** sake. a 2 bed bungalow had a fire the traffic was diverted that's it ..don't get stressed out its nowt what colour you expect the smoke to be Pink stuck up a one way street now are you BLESS nickynoodah

11:15am Mon 2 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

So these people had illegally occupied the building and caused a fire? I hope they were arrested.
So these people had illegally occupied the building and caused a fire? I hope they were arrested. speedy231278

11:20am Mon 2 Dec 13

uvox44 says...

if all people on here have to worry about is being delayed in their cars then they must be very lucky- others have to deal with ill-health, unemployment, homelessness, and on a world scale there is famine, disease, war - bout time some of the moaners on here got a sense of perspective and realised how lucky they are !
if all people on here have to worry about is being delayed in their cars then they must be very lucky- others have to deal with ill-health, unemployment, homelessness, and on a world scale there is famine, disease, war - bout time some of the moaners on here got a sense of perspective and realised how lucky they are ! uvox44

8:20pm Mon 2 Dec 13

stevobath says...

nickynoodah wrote:
What's up George
getting mega depressed are we cos its xmas again
cheer up for**** sake.
a 2 bed bungalow had a fire the traffic was diverted
that's it ..don't get stressed out its nowt
what colour you expect the smoke to be Pink
stuck up a one way street now are you
BLESS
Get a job you moron, instead of leaving your' pathetic attempts at humour.
Idiot savant
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: What's up George getting mega depressed are we cos its xmas again cheer up for**** sake. a 2 bed bungalow had a fire the traffic was diverted that's it ..don't get stressed out its nowt what colour you expect the smoke to be Pink stuck up a one way street now are you BLESS[/p][/quote]Get a job you moron, instead of leaving your' pathetic attempts at humour. Idiot savant stevobath

10:22pm Mon 2 Dec 13

ashleycross says...

speedy231278 wrote:
So these people had illegally occupied the building and caused a fire? I hope they were arrested.
No chance, Bournemouth cells are reserved for far less troublesome occupants.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: So these people had illegally occupied the building and caused a fire? I hope they were arrested.[/p][/quote]No chance, Bournemouth cells are reserved for far less troublesome occupants. ashleycross

5:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

KLH says...

Wageslave wrote:
Set fire to the bottle of booze when lighting the crack pipe ?
Probably squabbling over who drank someone else's Special Brew and knocked the candle over....
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: Set fire to the bottle of booze when lighting the crack pipe ?[/p][/quote]Probably squabbling over who drank someone else's Special Brew and knocked the candle over.... KLH

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