A pensioner whose garages were set alight after a 'mountain' of junk was dumped behind them says it is only a matter of time before more buildings go up in flames.
Jim Watson, 70, of Hanover Avenue, Feltham, called the fire brigade on Monday last week after a neighbour alerted him to flames leaping from the two outbuildings behind his home.
Firemen from Feltham and Heston stations took an hour to put out the blaze, which raged from 12.18pm to 1.20pm and even began evacuating the area amid fears that dangerous gas cylinders could be among the rubbish dumped in the alley.
Mr Watson, a full-time care to his wife Joyce, said: "When I looked out of the window there were huge flames coming from the back of my garages. They could easily have set light to all the others. Apparently the fire started in the rubbish and spread from there."
The overgrown alleyway behind Mr Watson's home is unsecured and neighbours say it has become a popular dumping ground for fly-tippers, who leave everything from fridges and sofas to household waste there.
He added: "I hadn't been back there for about five years and I couldn't believe it when I saw all the rubbish dumped down there. Whoever left it is responsible for that fire and it will happen again if they don't cut it out."