Forensic teams are investigating the death of a man in The Drove, Calmore, after a fire this morning

Firefighters tackle house blaze

Firefighters tackle house blaze

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AN investigation has been launched into the death of a grandfather after a major house fire in Hampshire.

Police confirmed a man in his 60s was found dead at The Drove, Calmore, near Totton, after six fire crews arrived to tackle the blaze.

The fire is now out and officers have moved in to investigate the scene.

Daily Echo:

Fire investigators are also present to determine whether the blaze was suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barton said: “We have begun an investigation into the cause of the fire. We’d like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between 7 and 8am today.

“Officers are carrying out house-to house enquiries in the area. We’d also like to thank local residents for their patience this morning whilst the fire was being dealt with.”

Police are currently not releasing any more details on the man’s identity.

Calmore Road has been closed by police and three ambulances are also on site.

South Central Ambulance Service confirmed they treated seven people but they have not revealed what the injuries were.

But police confirmed one woman was taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

Crews from Totton, Redbridge, Romsey, Hightown, Eastleigh and Hythe were all called out to deal with the fire.

The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen over the M27 westbound this morning.

Bev Lynch, a resident in nearby Kathryn Close, said: "I heard the sirens at about 8am and looked out of the window and saw the smoke and fire engines.

"I thought it must have been a house fire.

"It's just a shame for things like this to happen."

Daily Echo:

Neighbour Jean Wilkinson, 56, added: “I saw the flames go up when I was in my conservatory.

“It’s a bit of a shock to the neighbourhood, not a lot happens round here.

“The fire service were rushing around everywhere, they were brilliant.”

A resident of Loperwood Road, said: "The flames were going up higher than the trees. It is worrying.

"We just heard the sirens. We were looking out the window and this big black smog was going all over the road. It's scary.

"The kids found it exciting but when we saw the stretchers we went indoors."

Andy Workman, 70, retired, who lives nearby in Totton was walking past the scene.

He said: "I heard a lot of sirens at around 8am. I just thought perhaps there had been an accident on the motorway. I didn't expect it around here. It's usually very quiet."

Hampshire Constabulary has advised residents in the area to keep their doors and windows shut due to the smoke drifting around the area.

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12:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

pixie rules says...

so sad rip x
so sad rip x pixie rules
  • Score: 16

12:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

solomum says...

Very very sad. Thoughts are with all the family of the gentleman who lost his life.
Very very sad. Thoughts are with all the family of the gentleman who lost his life. solomum
  • Score: 23

1:25pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

romeo_oscar wrote:
Echo as usual displays its inability to get any road names correct
Oh yes romeo_oscar , whilst we all remain sombre over this tragedy, we will play spot the geographical mistakes made by the wet behind the ears political DE correspondent shall we.
Yes we all knew long before you that Catherine Close is in West End, Southampton SO30 3GS and Kathryn Close, is in Calmore, Southampton SO40 2BJ. Have a nice day. Next ? How about some thoughts for the bereaved, any ?
[quote][p][bold]romeo_oscar[/bold] wrote: Echo as usual displays its inability to get any road names correct[/p][/quote]Oh yes romeo_oscar , whilst we all remain sombre over this tragedy, we will play spot the geographical mistakes made by the wet behind the ears political DE correspondent shall we. Yes we all knew long before you that Catherine Close is in West End, Southampton SO30 3GS and Kathryn Close, is in Calmore, Southampton SO40 2BJ. Have a nice day. Next ? How about some thoughts for the bereaved, any ? Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 63

5:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

Outstanding job done by Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service early doors & all the other relevant agencies present. RIP to the poor family who have lost a loved one..
Outstanding job done by Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service early doors & all the other relevant agencies present. RIP to the poor family who have lost a loved one.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 10

6:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

stuartkeith says...

RIP to him! They have lost everything, apparently the fire brigade could not find the house due to the location and access to it :( I hope they can sort everything out, I will be helping out as much as I can to get them back on their feet!
RIP to him! They have lost everything, apparently the fire brigade could not find the house due to the location and access to it :( I hope they can sort everything out, I will be helping out as much as I can to get them back on their feet! stuartkeith
  • Score: -1

7:02pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

stuartkeith wrote:
RIP to him! They have lost everything, apparently the fire brigade could not find the house due to the location and access to it :( I hope they can sort everything out, I will be helping out as much as I can to get them back on their feet!
I can categorically state that your comment that the fire service could not find the house is wrong. First fire appliance which came from Redbridge took 8 minutes from time of call.. The crews have a good topographical knowledge of their & adjoining fire grounds, they also carry map books, are given address details on their turn out sheets & have electronic mapping systems on the appliances.. RIP to the bereaved family member.
[quote][p][bold]stuartkeith[/bold] wrote: RIP to him! They have lost everything, apparently the fire brigade could not find the house due to the location and access to it :( I hope they can sort everything out, I will be helping out as much as I can to get them back on their feet![/p][/quote]I can categorically state that your comment that the fire service could not find the house is wrong. First fire appliance which came from Redbridge took 8 minutes from time of call.. The crews have a good topographical knowledge of their & adjoining fire grounds, they also carry map books, are given address details on their turn out sheets & have electronic mapping systems on the appliances.. RIP to the bereaved family member. Solent Soul
  • Score: 12

7:48pm Tue 5 Aug 14

stukeith1 says...

What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :(
What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :( stukeith1
  • Score: -7

8:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

reedhunter1 says...

RIP- thoughts are with his family nothing matters at this very sad time.
God bless him.
RIP- thoughts are with his family nothing matters at this very sad time. God bless him. reedhunter1
  • Score: 2

1:33am Wed 6 Aug 14

andysaints007 says...

romeo_oscar wrote:
Echo as usual displays its inability to get any road names correct
IDIOT
[quote][p][bold]romeo_oscar[/bold] wrote: Echo as usual displays its inability to get any road names correct[/p][/quote]IDIOT andysaints007
  • Score: 2

8:54am Wed 6 Aug 14

friendofafriend says...

stukeith1 wrote:
What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :(
Please email me on carlyjeanhudon@hotma
il.co.uk with items the family need. As there's a few groups on Facebook wanting to help.
[quote][p][bold]stukeith1[/bold] wrote: What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :([/p][/quote]Please email me on carlyjeanhudon@hotma il.co.uk with items the family need. As there's a few groups on Facebook wanting to help. friendofafriend
  • Score: 3

9:27am Thu 7 Aug 14

now in the north says...

To the family. I'm sorry you lost someone dear to you. It's much harder when you lose a loved one and all the things needed for a practical life. I would like to advise that you look for pages on Facebook such as free to good home Southampton etc and post a request for clothing etc...things that you need. Community assistance is better than u would think. X
To the family. I'm sorry you lost someone dear to you. It's much harder when you lose a loved one and all the things needed for a practical life. I would like to advise that you look for pages on Facebook such as free to good home Southampton etc and post a request for clothing etc...things that you need. Community assistance is better than u would think. X now in the north
  • Score: 0

9:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

now in the north says...

friendofafriend wrote:
stukeith1 wrote:
What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :(
Please email me on carlyjeanhudon@hotma

il.co.uk with items the family need. As there's a few groups on Facebook wanting to help.
Thank you...as I said...better than you'd think
[quote][p][bold]friendofafriend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stukeith1[/bold] wrote: What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :([/p][/quote]Please email me on carlyjeanhudon@hotma il.co.uk with items the family need. As there's a few groups on Facebook wanting to help.[/p][/quote]Thank you...as I said...better than you'd think now in the north
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

caringnath says...

stukeith1 wrote:
What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :(
Im sure the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service would of been mobilised to this tragic house fire. The crew would arrive in a camper style van and offer assistance to the occupants and the families affected by this fire. They would make them drinks clothe them and support them by putting them into emergency accomodation. Normally they get mobilised anything from a 3 pump fire upwards. I know this as I was part of the fire and emergency support service in Devon which we are all volunteers.
[quote][p][bold]stukeith1[/bold] wrote: What I meant, is I heard they went sure how to get in appranty as the track is hidden, AND there is two access points, thats what I heard, His grandson is with us now :( he dosent even have any clothing now, just borrowing what he can. Cant imaging what he is going through atm :([/p][/quote]Im sure the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service would of been mobilised to this tragic house fire. The crew would arrive in a camper style van and offer assistance to the occupants and the families affected by this fire. They would make them drinks clothe them and support them by putting them into emergency accomodation. Normally they get mobilised anything from a 3 pump fire upwards. I know this as I was part of the fire and emergency support service in Devon which we are all volunteers. caringnath
  • Score: 0

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