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Firefighters tackle blaze in Winchester city centre

An office worker captured images of a fire in a neighbouring building Credit: Renita Johal
The flames could be seen by workers in other buildings Credit: Renita Johal

An office worker has praised Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service for their quick response to a fire at a building in Jewry Street in Winchester.

Renita Johal said: "I was sitting at my desk and heard glass break outside. I looked out and saw the flames in the window. I called 999 immediately.

"Fire kept growing and we could feel the heat in the office. Fire brigade were here so quickly, they did great- a very well done to them!"

Hampshire Fire & Rescue crews attend the scene of a fire at Jewry Street in Winchester Credit: ITV Meridian
Firefighters tackle blaze in Winchester Credit: ITV Meridian

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Forty firefighters tackle house blaze

More than forty firefighters from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service spent last night tackling a blaze at a terraced house in Winchester last night.

The first floor and roof of the property in Tower Street were severely damaged. The site was undergoing renovation - so there was no-one inside the building. The loft areas of adjoining properties were filled with smoke. No-one was injured.

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Hampshire firefighters' busy night

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The fire involving chicken sheds at Brook Road, Botley Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire firefighters were involved in a range of calls across the county last night involving fires, accidents and building collapse.

In Eastleigh, crews rescued a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between J5 and J7.

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Firefighters tackling the fire caused by the wooden chicken sheds Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, put out a fire involving 30 chickens.

The chickens were helped to safety from the fire that was caused by their wooden sheds.

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Firefighter dealing with the fire in Botley Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The Fire Service were also called out to deal with chimney fires in Hythe.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, Andy Bowers, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with."

Hampshire Fire and Rescue reassure public over strike

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are reassuring the public that emergency calls will be answered and responded to during the planned strike by the Fire Brigade Union.

The FBU have planned a four hour strike in a row over pensions. It will take place on Wednesday 25th September, between 12noon and 4pm.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will remain in operation as usual but are also calling for the public to help reduce unnecessary calls during that time.

Deputy Chief Officer Dave Curry said, "I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them in the same way during the planned periods of industrial action.

"We urge the public to be vigilant during the strike and take extra precautions to prevent fires."

South's firefighters make splash for charity

Firefighters from across our region will be taking part in a national car wash to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Havant and Hightown and Rushmoor Fire Stations are among many services in the south who will be holding a car wash event in their community.

Motorists are invited to take their car along and have it washed in return for a donation to the charity as part of its largest national fundraising event of the year.

We are delighted that so many of our fire stations are getting involved this September and would encourage local people to come along and support the day. Your valued donations will go towards helping men, women and children from the fire and rescue service community during their times of need."

– Andy Bowers, Area Manager of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
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