Eye-witnesses heard explosions
EYE-witnesses of the garage fire described seeing flames billowing into the night sky and hearing a series of explosions, writes Lisa Boyle.
Ricky Bricomb, who lives in Hill Park, stayed up most of the night to watch the drama unfold. He said: "There were lots of explosions. A Mercedes was sitting just behind the door. When the fuel tank on it exploded I was shocked.
"You could feel the heat from inside the kitchen, the window was hot to touch."
Students in flats across the road hurried outside to watch the flames stretch into the sky.
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Craig Dias, 19, was woken by his flatmates when they noticed the fire.
He said: "The flames were higher than the buildings next to the garage. I heard about three or four big explosions over the night. The fire crews were battling it all night."
Bernard Sharp's back yard in North Hill Crescent looks on to the lane. His Renault was in the care of the garage for repairs. Bernard said: "It has a key card, but I don't think I'll be seeing that again."
He watched the blaze take hold. "I popped my ladder against the wall so that I could film it. There were loads of explosions, you could hear car tyres popping and there was obviously a lot of things in there to keep the fire going.
"It was very hot, I was only about 50 yards away."