Shocked res­i­dent says gar­den fire was ‘like a scene from Ter­mi­na­tor 2’


Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SAND­FORD

TH­ESE are the shock­ing im­ages of a gar­den in Earls­don be­ing set alight af­ter a fire­work bounced off the roof of a house.

Home­owner John Miller’s CCTV footage cap­tured the dra­matic mo­ment, which took place on Satur­day night (Novem­ber 3).

It is be­lieved that a fire­work re­bounded off a roof, end­ing up in Mr Miller’s hedge.

Within a mat­ter of min­utes, the hedge was com­pletely ablaze, spread­ing to a neigh­bour’s shed and de­stroy­ing it.

Fire­fight­ers from Can­ley’s Green Watch were called to the scene and they, along with the help of neigh­bours with hoses, en­sured that there were no in­juries.

In to­tal, fire crews were on the scene for nearly three hours.

The footage shows a fire­work bounc­ing off the roof some 30 sec­onds into the video, and around a minute later, the fire is fully ablaze.

This year, there has been a de­bate sur­round­ing the use of fire­works, with many ar­gu­ing they should be re­stricted or banned. And for John Miller, this in­ci­dent has com­pletely changed his mind on them.

He said: “The fire was mas­sive and my hedge is com­pletely burnt out.

“There has also been sub­stan­tial dam­age to my neigh­bour’s shed, it has been com­pletely de­stroyed, with all its con­tents.

“My wife and I, and you can see from the pic­tures, we turned to each other and said that it al­most looks like a scene from Ter­mi­na­tor 2.

“Watch Com­man­der Andy Hig­gins and Green Watch from Can­ley Fire Sta­tion were in at­ten­dance for nearly two and half hours - they did a fan­tas­tic job of putting the fire out and mak­ing sure that it was fully out with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of a later flare up.

“Satur­day night has changed my mind on fire­works and af­ter see­ing the upset this has caused to peo­ple around me I think fire­works should be lim­ited to or­gan­ised dis­plays where they can be en­joyed safely.”

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