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- Man rescued from burning building
- He was hanging from balcony to escape smoke
- Jewry Street closed causing traffic problems in Winchester
- Ambulance treat two people at the scene
- Businesses waiting to find out when they can return
Fire on Jewry street #winchester http://t.co/ph1MJ1tCcp— @MissRenitaJ 13 January 2014
Echo reader 'Charlotte' sent us these photos showing the smoke in Winchester earlier today.
Velvet 67: 1650 Winchester - Petersfield will be delayed by 15-25 mins this evening due to Jewry Street closure— @velvetbus 13 January 2014
Fire in #Winchester now dealt with, crews damping down - we helped one man to safety via a ladder from an upper level. Jewry St still closed— @Hants_fire 13 January 2014
Bluestar 1, Jewry St, St Georges St & City Rd are closed due to a building fire, services are delayed, we apologise for any inconvenience— @BluestarHQ 13 January 2014
@dailyecho The fire team are in complete control. http://t.co/STiVkbrwrp— @QuestedS 13 January 2014
@dailyecho fire team manage to attack the fire from above. http://t.co/BDybUyKjVD— @QuestedS 13 January 2014
This video was taken earlier today from the scene.
Fire officials are now inside the top floor flat above the Wine Depot off-licence investigating the extent of the damage.
Business owners have gathered in the Discovery Centre and are waiting to be told when it will be safe to return to the building.
Fire crews earlier today as they battled to get the fire under control. Photo by Gilbert Yates.
@dailyecho man being helped down from the brilliant fire services http://t.co/nsq7TViSBi— @QuestedS 13 January 2014
The door hangs from the balcony below where the man escaped.
1/2 The P+R buses to EAST are not affected.— @WinchesterCity 13 January 2014
One witness who called emergency services told the Daily Echo how he battled smoke.
He said: "There was smoke coming through the door, I tried to open the door and when I opened it all the smoke came out so I went back downstairs and called the police."
The fire is now out, thanks to the efforts of two fire engines from Winchester, two from Alresford and engines from Basingstoke and Eastleigh.
Firefighter James Locke, said: "They have just put out the last bits of fire. Some of it got up into the roof.
"The crew broke in through the roof. We should be out of here within an hour or two."
P&R buses to SOUTH are being diverted onto High St at the top of St Georges St (avoiding Jewry St), then doing a loop to the station— @WinchesterCity 13 January 2014
Emergency services at the scene.
This photo from reporter Charlotte Neal shows the fire crews on the scene.
The ambuance service treated two people at the scene.
Photo by Rady Gianella
Witness, Alice Mitchell, 22, of Monks Road, said: "It was pretty dramatic. Lots of billowing smoke.
There was a man on his balcony waiting for the fire services t help him down.
"He looked terrified and he had no shoes on. He obviousl;y got out as quick as he could."
Passers by said they saw smoke billowing from the top floor windows.
Harriet Hurrell, of Weeke, said: "I drove passed about twenty minutes ago and there was thick black smoke but no fire engines at all."
Crowds gather to watch the unfolding drama.
All people accounted for in #Winchester Jewry St fire, crews now using breathing apparatus, 2 jets and a hose reel to extinguish blaze— @Hants_fire 13 January 2014
A riot van held off traffic at the top of St George Street and police have confirmed this was because it was the most immediate unit available, explaining why there were armed officers on the scene.
Six appliances tackled the fire in a property on Jewry Street opposite the Theatre Royal after they were told of a man trapped in the building.
B3047 #Winchester - Jewry Street closed between B3331 St Georges Street and B3330 City Road due to a building fire, expect delays.— @ROMANSE 13 January 2014
A police officer said a block of four flats were affected by the blaze.
Only one man was inside at the time.
The Fire Service have now managed to rescue the man who was hanging from the building, but the road remains closed.
Liam Hill, 25, of Alfresford was driving past when he saw the smoke.
"I saw some bloke on the balcony at the front of the shop. There was smoke billowing out.
"He looked very distressed, clinging to the side of the balcony.
"Emergency services were here in seconds."
The scene in Jewry St.
This dramatic photo was captured by Twitter user @CalWat, showing the trapped person hanging out the front of the building as they try and escape the smoke.
Armed police are also on the scene.
The emergency has led to the blocking of Jewry Street, a key street in the Winchester one-way system instantly causing gridlock though the city centre.
Four appliances are outside the building on Jewry Street opposite the Theatre Royal. Police and ambulances have also been called.
FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a fire in a Winchester city centre building following reports of a person trapped inside this afternoon.