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Family home destroyed by fire in Lower Upham
A FAMILY home has been destroyed following a fire in a small Hampshire village.
The blaze has completely gutted the building and part of the structure is believed to have collapsed.
The fire was reported at 11.20am, and was put out shortly before 1pm.
There had been fears that the family-of-three that live there may have been inside the bungalow at the time of the fire.
However, it was later established that the parents are on holiday and their son was at work.
A police roadblock is in place and at least four fire engines are outside the property as well as numerous police cars and two ambulances.
The air ambulance landed in the nearby Lower Upham Airfield, but was later stood down.
The police officer in charge at the scene, Insp Paul Owen said the bungalow has been badly damaged in the fire.
He said: "The house is gutted. I'd be surprised if it doesn't have to be demolished. There are no flames visible from outside but lots of smoke so it seems like the fire has been contained inside the property for a period of time before we were alerted.
He added that road closures remain in place and the council have been contacted to arrange diversions.
Motorists are being redirected back to where they came from when driving along Winchester Road.
Daren Spratt, a member of staff at nearby Marquis motorhomes, said: “We heard the sirens and went out to see the smoke. Initially we didn’t thin kit was a house, we thought was a bonfire and wandered out and had a look. There was intense heat coming out of it. You could see it was intense. The smoke was coming out of the tiles through the roof.”
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