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Shopping centre fire confirmed as arson

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A fire in the shopping centre at Ringwood in Hampshire has been confirmed as arson.

Investigations are continuing this morning into the blaze which engulfed six shops in Ringwood, Hampshire.

The fire started in a bin behind shops in Meeting House Lane. Fifty firefighters were called out to tackle the flames.

We can confirm that we are investigating a fire that took place at the shopping centre in Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, just before 8am on Sunday, November 27.

Following an assessment by colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are treating the fire as arson.

– Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

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Firefighters battle large blaze at shops in Ringwood

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze in Ringwood Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Fire crews are at the scene of a huge fire in Ringwood Town Centre - six shops were affected.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say the fire is now out and no-one was injured.

Crews at the scene of the fire in Ringwood Credit: Simon Rowley

The fire spread from a bin at the back of the shops and spread into roof space of some units. Around 50 firefighters were called out.

Fire crews at the scene of the blaze in Ringwood Town Centre Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Six-bed house destroyed by fire

A six bedroom house near Ringwood in Hampshire has been badly damaged in a major fire.

It broke out at 6:30 this morning at Hangersley Junction near Poulner and took 40 firefighters more than two hours to put out the flames.

The roof and the front of the property has been completely destroyed but no-one was injured. Smoke could be seen over the A31.

Pensioner left for dead says dog helped save his life

Ron Seabright was taking his dog for an evening walk along a quiet country lane on Sunday, when he was hit by a car.

The 87-year-old was run down and left for dead on Cowpitts Lane in Ringwood. Fortunately, he was spotted by another motorist who raised the alarm.

Ron is now recovering from multiple injuries, including a dislocated arm. Speaking to ITV Meridian from his hospital bed, he described how his dog helped save his life.

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Police are urgently appealing for anyone with information to call 101 or to contact Crimestoppers.

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