NEIGHBOURS have told of seeing “flames as high as the roof” following a fire in Tadley this morning.

Firefighters attended the blaze in Bishopswood Road, after a car and motorcycle were set alight in the early hours of the morning.

The flames then grew and spread to the front of the house, causing substantial damage to the property.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said they were woken up by what they thought was a car horn, before they realised what was going on.

They said: “I heard this horn, which I thought was a car alarm going off but after a while it didn’t stop.

“I turned and could see out the curtains this flickering orange light, that’s went I realised what was going on.”

They added: “When I looked out the front door the flames were as high as the roof, and the rest of the street was out seeing what was going on.”

Another neighbour said they had got up in the middle of the night and heard a loud bang, before also seeing the flames through their curtain.

They said: “As soon as I saw the flames, I went outside to see what was going on.

“I could see a few people knocking on the neighbour’s door and trying to get them out just in case the flames spread to their property.”

When the Gazette was at the scene, parents were picking up their children from the nearby Burnham Copse Primary School, looking at the house with many children having quizzical looks on their face.

One parent said: “The damage looks awful; I hope the people who live there are ok.”

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the property at 2.41am this morning.

The incident is being treated as deliberate and Hampshire Constabulary has launched an arson investigation into the exact circumstances of the fire.

If any one has any further information they are asked to contact the police on 101 quoting 44190400799.