Firefighters tackling major fire at Fareham pub as people told to avoid area

A pub in Fareham has been destroyed in a fire which broke out earlier this morning.

Around 50 firefighters have been at The Osborne View on Hill Head Road since the alarm was raised just before 2.30am.

Staff were evacuated from the building and no guests were staying in the hotel.

The pub has been completely gutted by the fire which broke out in the early hours of Thursday. (22 February) Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines and two water carriers are currently on site.

People are being asked to avoid Hill Head Road which is currently impassable because of a large number of emergency vehicles.

People are being told to keep windows and doors closed due to the thick smoke. Credit: ITV Meridian

Residents are being advised to keep their doors and windows closed because of the smoke.

Matt Kearsey, Managing Director, Hall & Woodhouse, said: "Thankfully, all team onsite evacuated before coming to any harm.

"The wellbeing of all those affected is our primary concern and we will be providing support and reassurance to all those who require it.

"Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were quickly in attendance and are helping to bring the fire under control.

"I would like to pass on my deepest gratitude to the emergency crews for their swift action and bravery.

"We will be supporting the emergency services fully in any forthcoming investigation into the cause of the fire."

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