Police: School fire may be arson

A woman in her eighties has been rescued from a fire at a property on the grounds of a school in Hampshire.

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Police suspect arson at school fire

More than 50 firefighters tackle blaze at Stroud School in Romsey Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Hampshire Police investigating a fire started at a house in the grounds of a school in Hampshire say it may have been arson.

The house at Stroud School in Highwood Lane in Romsey was destroyed. A woman who lived in the house was rescued from the building. She is believed to be in her eighties, and was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

More than fifty firefighters tackled the blaze at its height following the call at seven o'clock this morning.

Fire-damaged vehicle near the house fire Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Hampshire Police say their inquiries centre around a fire-damaged car that was parked near the property. Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the Highwood Lane area between 5am - 7am this morning to call Eastleigh CID on 101 if they have information.

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More than 50 firefighters tackle blaze in school grounds

Around twenty firefighters tackled the blaze at Stroud School in Romsey Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

An investigation is underway after a fire at a property in the grounds of Stroud School in Romsey. A woman in her eighties was led to safety after the alert shortly after 7 o'clock this morning. More than fifty firefighters from Romsey, Eastleigh, St Mary's and Redbridge attended the incident.

The fire was extinguished by 10am, but Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service crews remain at the scene damping down the site.

Station Manager Mickey Smither said: "The fire spread very quickly throughout the property. We had a shortage of water supply at the early stages of the fire because the hydrant supply was weak, which hindered fire fighting slightly.

"However, crews worked hard to run the hose reel, requested for the water board to increase the supply and immediately mobilised two water carriers."

Firefighters tackle blaze in Romsey Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
The property was well alight, but the fire has been extinguished Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Fire at school in Romsey

A woman believed to be in her eighties has been rescued from a fire at a two-storey building in the grounds of a school in Romsey, Hampshire.

Fire crews from Eastleigh, Romsey and Redbridge were called to Stroud School just after seven o'clock this morning. The house was well alight. Around twenty firefighters are at the scene. The woman is reported to be safe and well.

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