UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Southbourne blaze was accidental, fire service says

Bournemouth Echo: Firefighters on the scene. Pics: Sally Adams Firefighters on the scene. Pics: Sally Adams

A FIRE that damaged a house in Southbourne was an accident, it has been confirmed.

A Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said this afternoon that there was nothing to suggest that the fire was started deliberately.

Firefighters revisited the scene this morning to try to find out what caused it.

An investigation team went back to the property in Southbourne Road following the blaze on Saturday evening.

Two crews were initially sent to the scene at 5.28pm following a call made by a member of the public, who reported seeing flames coming from the building - thought to be a house sectioned into flats - close to the junctions of Cromwell Road and Sunnyhill Road.

At the height of the operation five crews were on the scene, including the aerial ladder platform.

Firefighters left the scene at 9.40pm.

Ken Hasketh, 71, a neighbour, said: "I came out of my house and thought that the chimney was on fire.

"I rang all of the doorbells of the flat, knocked on the door and felt that it was hot. I could see flames inside of the house in the hallway and I heard the windows blow out at the back, which I assume is from the heat.

"I knocked on the neighbour's doors and one of them used their mobile to ring 999."

Delia Warmington, 49, of Southbourne Road, said: "You could see the flames at the back right up to the roof.

"The flames were really huge."

It not thought that anyone was inside at the time of the fire. Firefighters on the scene said that nobody had been injured.

It is thought that the property is unoccupied and in a state of disrepair.

Craig Baker, deputy area commander for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Around 5.30pm two fire engines were called to an address on Southbourne Road.

"When they arrived they found an empty property, which was well alight, particularly at the rear.

"The fire was rapidly developing and spreading throughout the property.

"Initially they tackled the fire from the outside of the building and then required assistance.

"Two further crews and an aerial ladder attended. They fought the fire and put it out and are now damping down."

He said firefighters used compressed foam, hoses and six wore breathing apparatus.

The spokesman said that 25 per cent of the property had been damaged by fire, with all of it suffering smoke damage.

Dorset Police were on scene to provide traffic control and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

 

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7:30pm Sat 21 Dec 13

embarq property partners says...

Any idea what caused the fire?
Any idea what caused the fire? embarq property partners

8:06pm Sat 21 Dec 13

RivermeadMike says...

embarq property partners wrote:
Any idea what caused the fire?
Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson.
[quote][p][bold]embarq property partners[/bold] wrote: Any idea what caused the fire?[/p][/quote]Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson. RivermeadMike

8:23pm Sat 21 Dec 13

enjay62 says...

RivermeadMike wrote:
embarq property partners wrote:
Any idea what caused the fire?
Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson.
Somebody arson around with matches.
[quote][p][bold]RivermeadMike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]embarq property partners[/bold] wrote: Any idea what caused the fire?[/p][/quote]Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson.[/p][/quote]Somebody arson around with matches. enjay62

9:33pm Sat 21 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

RivermeadMike wrote:
embarq property partners wrote:
Any idea what caused the fire?
Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson.
Do you mean a J***** burnout?
[quote][p][bold]RivermeadMike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]embarq property partners[/bold] wrote: Any idea what caused the fire?[/p][/quote]Given that the property was reportedly unoccupied and the worst of the blaze seems to have been at the rear, my guess is arson.[/p][/quote]Do you mean a J***** burnout? O'Reilly

8:03am Sun 22 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

Good job no one was in the house!
Good job no one was in the house! hooplaa

8:38am Sun 22 Dec 13

Hickery says...

If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it!
If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it! Hickery

11:40am Sun 22 Dec 13

ranger_bob says...

Hickery wrote:
If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it!
Do you really believe that or are you just trying to be "controversial"?

I really hope you never need them to come to your aid with that sort of attitude.
[quote][p][bold]Hickery[/bold] wrote: If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it![/p][/quote]Do you really believe that or are you just trying to be "controversial"? I really hope you never need them to come to your aid with that sort of attitude. ranger_bob

2:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bmth & bosc athletic says...

Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)
Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:) bmth & bosc athletic

3:39pm Sun 22 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

bmth & bosc athletic wrote:
Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)
Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe!
[quote][p][bold]bmth & bosc athletic[/bold] wrote: Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)[/p][/quote]Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe! hooplaa

4:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

cheeriedriteup says...

I guess it was insured ;)
I guess it was insured ;) cheeriedriteup

4:35pm Sun 22 Dec 13

bmth & bosc athletic says...

hooplaa wrote:
bmth & bosc athletic wrote:
Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)
Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe!
Er, no. It's definitely Pokey. I live a few doors away and it is very much Pokesdown. Pokesdown farm and village used to be right behind where the house is so you couldn't get much nearer.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bmth & bosc athletic[/bold] wrote: Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)[/p][/quote]Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe![/p][/quote]Er, no. It's definitely Pokey. I live a few doors away and it is very much Pokesdown. Pokesdown farm and village used to be right behind where the house is so you couldn't get much nearer. bmth & bosc athletic

5:21pm Sun 22 Dec 13

beachcomber1 says...

hooplaa wrote:
bmth & bosc athletic wrote:
Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)
Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe!
LOL unoccupioed property inn state of disrepair burns down does have an Echo "let's falsely smear Boscombe again" feel to it.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bmth & bosc athletic[/bold] wrote: Minor point but it is in Pokesdown not Southbourne:)[/p][/quote]Nope its Southborne they got that part right for a change! Surprised it didnt say Boscombe![/p][/quote]LOL unoccupioed property inn state of disrepair burns down does have an Echo "let's falsely smear Boscombe again" feel to it. beachcomber1

9:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

pokesdown is correct you know
my cousin lives close by
her pet parrot was shouting FIRE FIRE FIRE half an hour before the first engine came.
pokesdown is correct you know my cousin lives close by her pet parrot was shouting FIRE FIRE FIRE half an hour before the first engine came. nickynoodah

9:53pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Hickery says...

ranger_bob wrote:
Hickery wrote:
If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it!
Do you really believe that or are you just trying to be "controversial"
?

I really hope you never need them to come to your aid with that sort of attitude.
Not trying to be controversial. Simply stating facts. If there's no risk to life, the fire brigade will walk off an ongoing job in support of the strike. They won't work on just to save belongings or property. A little surprised that you hadn't seen reports of this happening from the earlier strike days. So yes, if there's a strike due, I really do hope that I don't require their services, because I won't get it!
[quote][p][bold]ranger_bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hickery[/bold] wrote: If this had happened 3 days later, the property would have been 100% destroyed by fire, as they'd have walked off on strike an hour into it![/p][/quote]Do you really believe that or are you just trying to be "controversial" ? I really hope you never need them to come to your aid with that sort of attitude.[/p][/quote]Not trying to be controversial. Simply stating facts. If there's no risk to life, the fire brigade will walk off an ongoing job in support of the strike. They won't work on just to save belongings or property. A little surprised that you hadn't seen reports of this happening from the earlier strike days. So yes, if there's a strike due, I really do hope that I don't require their services, because I won't get it! Hickery

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