Shop roof collapses in fire

Firefighters are tackling a fire at a Co-op in Cowplain in Portsmouth.

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Pictures: Fire destroys shop in Portsmouth

Fire crews tackle to flames Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

A shop in Waterlooville was destroyed after it was engulfed by fire yesterday afternoon.

Flames spread quickly through the Co-op building on Milton Road, Cowplain, causing the collapse of the roof despite the best efforts of more than 30 firefighters.

Four jets were used to extinguish the blaze Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Control room operators received the 999 call from an employee at the shop at 14:51, reporting smoke issuing from the back of a freezer inside the store. The control operator advised the staff to get out of the shop immediately and crews arrived on the scene within five minutes.

An aerial ladder helped crews bring the flames under control Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The single-storey building was completely taken over by the fire and crews from Waterlooville, Horndean, Cosham and Southsea used four sets of breathing apparatus, four jets and the aerial ladder platform to extinguish the blaze.

Three people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by South Central Ambulance Service, one of whom was taken to hospital as a precaution. There were no further injuries.

FIRST VIDEO: Shop collapses in fire

Firefighters have spent this evening tackling a fire at a shop in Cowplain in Portsmouth. They are investigating the blaze on Milton Road, but are not treating it as suspicious. The roof of the building has collapsed. Nobody was injured.

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