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Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends

Firefighters discover smouldering drawer stuffed with cigarette ends Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Cigarette butts disposed of in a bathroom drawer caused a fire alert at Gunwharf Quays this morning.

Residents on the eighth floor were woken by the sound of a smoke alarm just before 6am and crews from Cosham and Southsea were called to the residential tower at East Side Plaza, better known as the Lipstick Tower.

Smoke was discovered on the floor and firefighters in breathing apparatus traced the fire to a bathroom in one of the flats, where a drawer stuffed with cigarette ends was smouldering.

The firefighters were able to remove the drawer and extinguish the smouldering fire before it spread any further. The resident of the flat had managed to escape having been alerted by the smoke alarm and no-one was injured in the incident.

Mountain bike champ showcase 'Zero Gravity' stunts

Fans of bike stunts have been watching the UK's top mountain bike display team Zero Gravity showcase their skills in Portsmouth.

The show at Gunwharf Quays also featured Effraim Catlow, the former World BMX Freestyle Champion. Speaking to ITV Meridian, Hampshire-based Chris Doney, who is one half of Zero Gravity and also the British Freestyle Champion said the sport attracts people of all ages.


Fire service update on Gunwharf fire

“Firefighters were quick to identify the risks posed by this incident and set up an exclusion zone whilst the fire was dealt with within the property. Fire crews from Southsea, Cosham, Havant and Wickham, along with the Command Unit, Aerial Ladder Platform, Multi Role Vehicle and Special Equipment Unit, were mobilised to the incident."

– Glenn Bowyer, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service


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