Detectives suspect arson after huge blaze destroys home

Daily Echo: The fire damaged house at Stroud School The fire damaged house at Stroud School

Detectives have launched an arson probe after an elderly woman was rescued from her blazing home.

The fire completely destroyed the woman’s house which was situated in the grounds of Stroud School in Highwood Lane, Romsey.

She is now being treated in hospital for the effects of smoke inhalation. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are now focusing their inquiry on a fire-damaged vehicle that was parked next to the house.

Officers were called to the scene shortly before 7am this morning and smoke could be seen billowing from the detached two-storey property.

Over 50 firemen attended the incident.

Station Manager Mickey Smither, who was in charge, said: “The fire spread very quickly throughout the property. We had a shortage of water supply at the early stages of the fire because the hydrant supply was weak, which hindered fire fighting slightly. However, crews worked hard to run the hose reel, requested for the water board to increase the supply and immediately mobilised two water carriers.”

The fire was extinguished just after 10am this morning but crews remained on the scene to damp down.

Over 50 personnel attended the incident, including crew from Romsey, Eastleigh, St Mary's and Redbridge, along with the special equipment unit and two water carriers.

Three jets, two hose reels and six breathing apparatus were used to control and extinguish the fire.

Detectives from Eastleigh CID are now appealing for information from anyone who was in the Highwood Lane area between 5am and 7am this morning.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact Eastleigh CID by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000.

Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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10:30am Sat 9 Feb 13

chunky_lover says...

as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!!
as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!! chunky_lover

11:09am Sat 9 Feb 13

hulla baloo says...

chunky_lover wrote:
as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!!
It looks like you missed the English lessons. ;)
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!![/p][/quote]It looks like you missed the English lessons. ;) hulla baloo

11:34am Sat 9 Feb 13

For pity sake says...

hulla baloo wrote:
chunky_lover wrote:
as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!!
It looks like you missed the English lessons. ;)
I would suspect it wasn't only the English lessons he missed. I think he was behind the barn door when brain cells were being handed out.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: as a kid , remember always wanting the school to burn down!!![/p][/quote]It looks like you missed the English lessons. ;)[/p][/quote]I would suspect it wasn't only the English lessons he missed. I think he was behind the barn door when brain cells were being handed out. For pity sake

12:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

chunky_lover says...

yup, now all the people who studied hard at school and went on to complete their degrees work for me :-)
yup, now all the people who studied hard at school and went on to complete their degrees work for me :-) chunky_lover

1:00pm Sat 9 Feb 13

localnews says...

chunky_lover wrote:
yup, now all the people who studied hard at school and went on to complete their degrees work for me :-)
What as,drug dealers
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: yup, now all the people who studied hard at school and went on to complete their degrees work for me :-)[/p][/quote]What as,drug dealers localnews

2:18pm Sat 9 Feb 13

chunky_lover says...

mostly telemarketers :-)
mostly telemarketers :-) chunky_lover

3:34pm Sat 9 Feb 13

jonnyx says...

chunky_lover wrote:
mostly telemarketers :-)
mostly? so only some of them are drug dealers then?
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: mostly telemarketers :-)[/p][/quote]mostly? so only some of them are drug dealers then? jonnyx

4:54pm Sat 9 Feb 13

ShellyBaldwin says...

Do you have nothing better to do then argue with someone about how well they have done in life on a Saturday afternoon? Grow up.
Do you have nothing better to do then argue with someone about how well they have done in life on a Saturday afternoon? Grow up. ShellyBaldwin

7:48pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

chunky_lover wrote:
mostly telemarketers :-)
So you are a supervisor in a telesales team. You have not reached the heights your charges will eventually reach.
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: mostly telemarketers :-)[/p][/quote]So you are a supervisor in a telesales team. You have not reached the heights your charges will eventually reach. Sir Ad E Noid

10:52pm Sat 9 Feb 13

wake up says...

chunky_lover wrote:
mostly telemarketers :-)
so your the annoying voice at the end of the phone asking about PPI or loft & wall insulations ,
get a real job instead of cold calling & repeating the same old garbage like a programed robot, your right up there with the GO COMPARE singer,,,, sorry it just had to be said,,,,

anyway ,


glad the woman is doing ok & that the fire rescue heros saved her,,
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: mostly telemarketers :-)[/p][/quote]so your the annoying voice at the end of the phone asking about PPI or loft & wall insulations , get a real job instead of cold calling & repeating the same old garbage like a programed robot, your right up there with the GO COMPARE singer,,,, sorry it just had to be said,,,, anyway , glad the woman is doing ok & that the fire rescue heros saved her,, wake up

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