Huge fire at business in Fareham 'not started deliberately'

The scene at GEA Searles today.

The scene at GEA Searles today.

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A HUGE blaze on a Hampshire industrial estate is not thought to have been deliberately started.

Fire investigators are now on the scene of the GEA Searles premises, in the Colingwood Retail Park, in Fareham where more than 80 firefighters battled through the night to get the blaze under control.

The flames are now out.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, which broke out about 11.45pm last night.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said that it was very early stages of their investigation, but the fire was not thought to be suspicious.

Fifteen crews from around Hampshire were called in and two crews from Bishop's Waltham and Hightown still remain at the scene dampening to make sure the fire is out.

An aerial ladder is being used to check for fire from overhead.

Around 75 per cent of the building is said to be damaged by the fire, but the extent of that damage is not yet known.

The alarm was raised by someone on site, but it is not yet known if there was anyone inside the building at the time of the fire.

Crews from Fareham, Gosport, Portchester, Cosham, Eastleigh, Redbridge, Hightown, Wickham, Waterlooville, Southsea, Botley, Droxford, Emsworth and St Mary's Fire Station as well as the fire service Materials Detection Identification and Monitoring Team (HAZMAT).

No-one was rescued and there were no injuries.

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