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Full report: Fire at Fireworks Factory shop in Southampton

Residents in one part of Southampton woke up to a series of explosions this morning as a major blaze took hold in a fireworks shop in Southampton.

Just after 5am Bitterne Road West was lit up by fireworks which showered one of the busiest routes through the city.

A school and several roads were closed, homes were evacuated and the smoke could be seen for miles - but it's not yet known how the fire at the Fireworks Factory shop started. Andrew Pate reports.


10 fire engines called to thatched roof fire in Hampshire

Thatched roof fire at Nutley in Hampshire

More than 60 firefighters have spent much of the morning tackling a fire in the roof of a large 2-storey thatched cottage in Nutley, Hampshire.

Fire crews and engines from Basingstoke, Winchester, Alton, Tadley, Fleet & Andover, Redbridge and Portchester were among those dealing with the incident. No-one was injured.

Labradoodle rescued after getting trapped in a well

Lily the labradoodle was stuck at the bottom of a well near Eastleigh Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

A labradoodle has been rescued after getting stuck down a well near Eastleigh this morning.

Crews were called out this morning after an overnight dog hunt. 4-year-old Lily had gone missing while on a walk in woods off Chestnut Avenue yesterday afternoon.

She is now safely at home.

Lily the labradoodle was rescued by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

"Lily is one lucky dog as she landed on a log around 2m down, when the well is likely to have been a lot deeper than that.

"The extendable tools we now have thankfully meant I could get her out relatively easily on my own.

"But there is a lot of emotion involved in rescues like this for the owners, often as much as any house fire. It's important they call specialists like us to deal with them, rather than try to carry out the rescue themselves and create an even bigger problem."

– Animal rescue specialist Anton Phillips

Fire crews warn of firework dangers

Hampshire Fire and Rescue have issued some pictures of a fire they attended last night. They want to warn people of the dangers of storing and using fireworks indoors.

Thieves stole life saving equipment from fire station

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service are appealing for help to find thieves who broke into Kingsclere fire station and stole life saving equipment.

The kit that was taken included the vital cutting tools used by firefighters to get trapped people out of vehicles after accidents and collisions.

Hampshire Constabulary are investigating the theft which took place at some time between 4pm on Friday 11th September and 1pm on Saturday 12th September.

This equipment is incredibly important for us to respond and we cannot do our job without it which puts lives at risk.

Thanks to our robust contingency plans we were able to work rapidly and replace these vital items of equipment to ensure that Kingsclere Fire Station was able to respond to 999 calls if required.

– Station Manager Damian Watts, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Anyone with information is being asked to call 101 quoting 44150316769, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


Car transporter on fire off coast of Isle of Wight

The vessel's movements have been tracked - it is off the coast of Sandown on the isle of Wight Credit:

Specialists are being winched onto a car transporter ship diverted to Hampshire after it caught fire last night, 40 miles off Harwich in Essex.

The crew on board the Courage reported the fire to the UK Coastguard at Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre just before 10pm on Tuesday.

The coastguard had put the RAF Wattisham helicopter on standby, but it was not needed.

The crew used an inbuilt CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey. However because of the CO2 the corridors and areas around the deck cannot be accessed.

The car transporter is currently off the isle of Wight Credit: Darren Toogood

The vessel was diverted to Southampton. It is now off Sandown on the isle of Wight where it is being monitored by the the National Maritime Operations Centre. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are working together to make the situation safe.

A number of specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue assessment team will look at where the CO2 was used to make sure it’s safe for the pilot to get through to take the vessel alongside in Southampton.

Counter-pollution staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are monitoring the situation but say it is all contained.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service have said that the fire is now contained and under control. Five maritime response officers from the service have been winched aboard the vessel to assess the situation.

Firefighters hold Santa's grotto for hospital children

Santa's Grotto organised at Cosham fire station Credit: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters at Cosham Fire Station in Hampshire have turned their station into a Santa's Grotto to host a party for children who have been receiving treatment at the nearby Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The party included a petting zoo, a children’s entertainer, and a chance for the youngsters to watch firefighters rescue Santa from a tower using an aerial ladder platform.

“Each year we organise this event to give something back to the community, to put smiles on the children’s faces and to give families the chance to come and spend time together in a fun and enjoyable setting.

“This year, the station has been completely transformed into Santa’s grotto, with firefighters and volunteer students from South Downs College on hand as his ‘little helpers’.”

– Crew Manager Stu Vince, party organiser

Mother and child, 3, led to safety after fire at flats

Detectives are appealing for information after a 32-year-old woman and her son aged three, had to be led to safety by firefighters last night during a fire at a block of flats in Southampton.

Hampshire Constabulary were called to the flats at Paynes Road in the city at 11.51pm last night. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said neither the mother nor her child were harmed.

The fire is believed to have started in a stairwell. The fire is being treated as suspicious, and an investigation is underway.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service offers safety advice to older residents

It's a shocking fact that older people are twice as likely to die in a fire than any other age group. Often that's because they live alone and that's why Hampshire Fire and Rescue have launched an initiative to help keep people safer in their homes. They've been offering advice on smoke alarms and fire prevention. Juliette Fletcher and Fred Dineage went along to the launch event today.

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