Community rallies around Hampshire families who saw home go up in flames

Video report by ITV News Meridian reporter Chlöe Oliver

Nearly £3000 has been raised for residents in Leigh Park in Hampshire whose homes were gutted by fire at the weekend.

Fire crews were called to the terraced houses on Wellow Close just after 4pm on Sunday afternoon. The blaze started on the roof of one house and spread rapidly to the adjoining properties.

The fire started on the roof. Credit: ITV Meridian

Six fire engines from Havant and Portsmouth with around 30 firefighters fought to tackle the flames and stop the fire spreading to the entire row of homes.

The local community has rallied together to help the families affected - Bidbury Junior School opened their doors yesterday evening, and quickly received hundreds of donations of food, toiletries and even toys for the children affected.

The items donated will be quarantined before being given to the families.

The school say they have had so many donations that they are asking people to instead help by giving to a GoFundMe page which has already raised more than £2,500.

The families lost nearly everything. Credit: ITV Meridian