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OUT OF CONTROL BONFIRE SPREADS TO HEDGE DESPITE HOMEOWNER’S PRECAUTIONS

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Firefighters have extinguished a hedge fire and saved a wooden outbuilding from going up in flames after an out of control bonfire took hold in Totland earlier this afternoon (Easter Monday).

1 fire appliance and a water carrier from Freshwater were called to a garden in Totland after a domestic bonfire quickly grew out of control and spread to a nearby hedgerow.

Although the homeowner had laid out a hose just in case, the strong breeze meant that the fire spread too quickly to be controlled prompting a 999 call to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

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2 main jets were used by the retained firefighters to extinguish the fire, saving a wooden outbuilding from serious damage. The building has sustained some superficial exterior scorching.

It’s been a busy way for the Freshwater crew having dealt with a small fire in the open in Totland late this morning, as previously reported by Island Echo.

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Old Mike
Old Mike
7 days ago

Not surprising as it has become almost impossible to take garden waste to the tip!

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Old Mike
7 days ago

So, that makes it ok to start an out of control fire then…

temperance
temperance
Reply to  Truth
6 days ago

It became an out of control fire. It did not start as one…

Ryde Reader
Ryde Reader
7 days ago

I don’t care how sensible the homeowner had been – bonfires are socially unacceptable. Total disregard to others who might want to enjoy their own gardens without choking on somebody else’s smoke.

temperance
temperance
Reply to  Ryde Reader
6 days ago

There is 34 and a half million vehicles in Britain polluting the air. I am sure the odd bonfire rather pales into insignificance. And unless you stand at your neighbours fence gulping in large mouthfuls of smoke on the couple of evenings “most” fires are lit a year again I am sure you will not be to terribly put out. Mind snowflakes will melt I guess….

Pete Sandown
Pete Sandown
7 days ago

Nothing like deciding to have a bonfire when theres a strong breeze going!

Jon
Jon
7 days ago

Open tip up as before then.booking it is rubbish if you cant be flexible and turn up when you want.no need now.just council rules gone mad….again

Chris
Chris
7 days ago

It’s not hard to book a trip. Really easy in fact and the tip is not as crowded when you get there as well.

Benny
Benny
6 days ago

As soon as the fine weather arrives the bonfire fanatics are at it !

Big Ben
Big Ben
6 days ago

Best advert for getting a Council garden waste bin, no having to go to the tip and it gets collected every 2 weeks.

Ferrous Frank
Ferrous Frank
6 days ago

I used to be a werewolf but I’m alright noowwwWWWWWW.

ron ashton
ron ashton
5 days ago

Got to be some old dodderer.

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