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House fire - Cambourne - South Cambs

At 3.07pm on Thursday (30) crews from Cambridge, Gamlingay, St Neots and Huntingdon were called to a fire on Spitfire Road in Cambourne.

Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire involving a house car port, that was quickly spreading to nearby fencing and other properties. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished hose reels and jets.

The crews returned to their stations by 5.45pm.

An investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.


Update - Monday August 3

The fire investigation confirmed the fire was started accidentally.

A fire service spokesman said: “The fire was caused by rays of sunshine reflecting onto broken glass, which set fire to a fencing panel. Due to the hot and dry conditions, the fire quickly spread to the rest of the fence and other properties.

“Although this is rare, fires such as this can happen if glass is left where direct sunlight can reflect onto surfaces. This can range from discarded glass bottles to ornaments in windows. It also shows how a fire can spread quickly in hot and dry conditions, and how having a bonfire to dispose of rubbish can present significant dangers.”