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Farmer loses 'a year's hard work' after barn fire

Barn fires at Barton Stacey in Hampshire Credit: Sutton Scotney fire station

More than 30 firefighters spent the night tackling a fire at two barns in Barton Stacey near Andover. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service sent six fire engines and water carriers on the evening of Thursday 29th December.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Fleet service station fire investigation underway

It is believed that a coffee machine was the cause of a fire which has destroyed part of the Fleet Services petrol station complex on the M3.

It took more than fifty firefighters most of last night to fight the flames which it was feared would spread to a hotel and petrol station.

The fire is thought to have started in the KFC restaurant at the site - on the southbound side of the motorway at 10:30pm. A dozen staff were evacuated but no-one was injured. Most of the building has been destroyed.

Firefighters say that if the fire had happened at any other time of day then lives could have been lost. Richard Slee reports.


M3 southbound reopened after major petrol station fire

The fire took hold after 10.30pm last night Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station
The area has been cordoned off for firecrews to damp down

All lanes of the M3 southbound have been reopened after the overnight fire at Fleet Service station. Fire crews remain at the scene damping down. However the service station area and the fuel station remain closed.

Group Commander Brian Rudman from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews would remain at the scene for much of the day.

More firefighters sent to tackle Fleet petrol station fire

More than 50 firefighters spent the night fighting the flames Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station

A second round of relief fire crews have been sent to Fleet Services off the M3 in Hampshire following a major blaze last night. More than 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire.

At present one lane of the M3 southbound is closed between Junction 4a for Fleet and Junction 5 for Hook.

The Fleet service station area remains closed and there is slow traffic in the area. The fire broke out in the service station's food court at around 10.30pm last night.

The fire is under control and firefighters are damping down the area damaged by the blaze to make it safe.

The blaze has destroyed part of the service station Credit: Rushmoor Fire station

Unplug your Christmas tree lights - or risk fire

Unplug your Christmas tree lights before you leave the house - or risk it catching fire says Hampshire Fire Service.

This video from the Fire Kills campaign shows how faulty lights can engulf a living room in less than a minute.

Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition and be sure to turn them off before you go to bed.

Keeping your tree well watered can also prevent the risk of fire.


Crash exercise highlights dangers of texting at wheel

Firefighters are teaching students about safety

Hampshire Fire and Rescue are carrying out a car crash cut-out exercise today in Winchester to highlight the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

The event at Peter Symonds College is part of the college's week long Stay Safe at Christmas campaign.

Additional activities will include beer goggle basketball and Scalextric text racing.

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.

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