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Hampshire firefighters tackle blaze in Kings Worthy

Five teams of firefighters responded to a call in Kings Worthy on Sunday afternoon, regarding a property that was ‘one hundred percent involved by fire with the roof space well alight.’

The call was made just after midday on the 27th September, and crews from Winchester Fire Station, Eastleigh Fire Station, Sutton Scotney Fire Station, Andover Fire Station and Whitchurch Fire Station attended. A total of 35 firefighters were needed at the scene.

The blaze quickly spread across two floors of the detached house, but firefighters took precaution to prevent the fire from spreading to other properties. However, many of the house’s windows were smashed as a result of the fire, leaving the house ‘uninhabitable’.

A cordon was put into place with a search and rescue team also on scene. All persons living at the property were accounted for, with only one woman at the home when the fire started. There have been no reported injuries.

The fire is believed to have started in the roof, and it was due to early detection by a smoke alarm in the loft space that the woman was able to evacuate the building safely.

According to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, ‘Four jets and seventy-five litters of Compressed Air Foam (CAF’s) were used to tackle the blaze.’

Councillor Malcolm Prince said he saw thick black smoke coming from the area, and that the fire started at about 12pm.

 It is not yet known what started the fire. An investigation is to take place to establish the cause.  

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