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No injuries in gas blast

House destroyed in Southsea Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

A pensioner is reported to be dazed but uninjured after an explosion at his home in Southsea. Neighbours on Welch Road were evacuated following the blast which occurred in the early hours of this morning.

Explosion ripped through the property Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Local residents were evacuated Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters go for gold

Firefighters in gold Credit: Hants fire and rescue

Firefighters in Hampshire are now sporting a gold fire kit. The new uniform has a high technical specification and replaces the previous dark coloured protective clothing. It will be phased into Hampshire’s 51 fire stations, replacing existing stock as necessary due to wear and tear.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service took the decision to introduce the new fire kit in June 2010 after seven of the fire services in the South East Region agreed to a joint project to create a regional identity.

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