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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.

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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.

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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

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