Pictures show the devastation after the garden skillet fire spread to the garage and four houses in Derbyshire

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Blackmore Street in Normanton just after 5pm on Saturday April 23.

Several residents were evacuated from the row of four townhouses, all of which were affected by the fire as it traveled through the attic.

An investigation has since revealed that the fire was accidentally started by a garden fire pit placed too close to a garage with a wooden door and roof.

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Dramatic photos show the devastating effects of the accidental fire that spread from a Normanton garden firepit

Firefighters from Long Eaton, Melbourne, Nottingham Road, Alfreton and Swadlincote were on site and were supported by the turntable ladder platform.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

Station manager Barclay Masterson, who was conducting a joint fire investigation with Derbyshire Police, said: “The fire investigation concluded that this was an accidental fire caused by a garden fire basin.

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Dramatic photos show the devastating effects of the accidental fire that spread from a Normanton garden firepit

“Unfortunately, the brazier was placed too close to a garage that had a wooden door and roof. Wind conditions caused the fire to spread from the brazier to the garage, which also contained a vehicle with fuel in the tank.

“As the fire spread, the fire spread through the wind to the roof of the first property before penetrating through the roof area of ​​the row of townhouses.

“This is a wildfire that has damaged several homes and a caravan but thankfully no one was injured.

“As the weather warms up, I hope this fire can serve as a reminder to anyone who uses a grill, fire pit or fire bowl in the garden, making sure it’s placed well away from the home, garage, shed, fences and overhanging shrubs.” .

Dramatic photos show the devastating effects of the accidental fire that spread from a Normanton garden firepit

“We always advise people to have a hose or bucket of water handy when making yard fires or BBQs of any kind, but if a fire gets out of control you should call 999 immediately.”

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Dramatic photos show the devastating effects of the accidental fire that spread from a Normanton garden firepit

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