Fire crews rushed to extinguish a house fire in Bicester after a passer-by noticed a fire developing in the garden.

At 9.40am this morning (Thursday 28) a crew from Bicester Fire Station were called to a house in Southwold.

When fire crews arrived a member of public pointed fire crews to a developing fire in the rear garden of two houses which was affecting adjoining conservatories.

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Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to put out the fire and use pressure fans to clear the smoke.

The cause of the fire has been investigated and firefighters say the likely cause is discarded smoking materials.

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Crew Manager Paul Mann said: "This is timely reminder to ensure any smoking materials are extinguished fully in a suitable ashtray or container, in this case both properties had working smoke alarms.”