Gardener sparks blaze using flamethrower to kill weeds

A woman who used a flamethrower to kill weeds in her garden accidentally set fire to a fence, tree and telegraph pole.

Witnesses claimed flames soared 12ft into the air during the incident involving a blowtorch designed to tackle unwanted plant growth in Pity Me, Durham.

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the aim was to expose weeds to intense heat, thus killing them, but not to "burn them to a crisp".

It advised gardeners to have some water nearby when using the garden tool.