Explosion and fire in Southampton student block near Mayflower theatre

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  • Explosion in Southampton city centre
  • Major incident declared
  • Fire breaks out at under-construction student block
  • 300 workers evacuated

5:55pm

Daily Echo:

Firefighters damp down the fire scene at the top of the building.

3:19pm

Emergency services appear to have left the scene. Thanks to everyone who sent us pictures and videos. If you have not already, please send images to picdesk@dailyecho.co.uk.

3:17pm

2:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

commonsence says

From reading all the comments and seeing the pictures , A Big Thank You to all the services involved . Thankfully all the workers were evacuated quickly and no-one was hurt . As these flats are to be for students I do hope that a sprinkler system is to be fitted in there because accidents causing Fire do happen .

2:47pm

Hampshire Fire and Rescue watch manager Kevin Lloyd Spencer speaks about the fire.

2:47pm

Daily Echo:

A picture from the ninth floor of a nearby building.

Picture by WOW Video Production

2:28pm

2:16pm

The roads around the building site remain closed. Havelock Road remains shut in both directions while part of West Park Road remains closed from the Civic Centre to Commercial Road. Fire crews are still at the scene but some fire engines have left.

2:13pm

Daily Echo:

Chris Heno, an electrician for Southampton City Council, took this photo.

He said: "From what I've been told one of the gas cylinders went up and that's what caused the explosion while they were doing the roof work."

2:10pm

1:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Portland Saint says

Very glad to hear that no-one have been hurt and given the ferocity and location of the fire I think the Fire Brigade did a brilliant job controlling it so quickly. The police and emergency services are out in force and this will have caused distruption and inconvenience to many but well done to all those involved in keeping us safe.

2:10pm

2:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

becksbeare says

"Group Manager Jerry Leonard, officer in charge of the incident, said: "Our crews were met with an extremely challenging situation with a fire on the roof and 16th floor of a building under construction in the centre of Southampton"
Should we be building student accommodation this high? If it's so challenging to fight fires it's not a great place to put anyone - never mind youngsters...

2:10pm

Lots of people are continuing to tell their stories about what they saw and how the fire unfolded.

Karen Harris, 57 from Ventnor Court in Bassett was shopping in Matalan when she heard three bangs and saw thick black smoke coming from the building.

She said: "There are lots of rumours going around, I've heard that it is a tar fire and one workman told me that he was working on the roof when something he was using caught fire and the canisters exploded, it's all a bit confusing. It looked pretty bad - the smoke was really thick."

2:03pm

A statement has been released by the Osborne group who are in charge of the development.

A spokesperson said: "A fire broke out around midday at the Mayflower development in Southampton which is being built for the University of Southampton by the Osborne group.

"The fire was isolated to the roof of one building (block B) everyone was evacuated from the 18-storey building in less than five minutes and no one was hurt in the incident. The fire brigade were on site immedaitely, the fire has been extinguished and the site has been made safe.

"Osborne are working with the fire brigade to investigate the cause of the incident."

2:00pm

A spokesman for the University of Southampton has just released this statement:

"A fire broke out around midday on Thursday 3 April at the Mayflower development in Southampton which is being built for the University of Southampton by the Osborne Group.
"The fire was isolated to the roof of one building (Block B).Everyone was evacuated from the building in less than 5 minutes and no one was hurt in the incident.

"The fire brigade were on site immediately, the fire has been extinguished and the site has been made safe. Osborne are working with the fire brigade to investigate the cause of the incident."

1:55pm

Plasterer Bob Lloyd was working in the building next to the tower block. He described hearing a load bang before everyone was evacuated. "We heard the bang and then the fire alarm sounded and everyone got out."

1:52pm

Daily Echo:

Reporter Rory McKeown saw contractors who were evacuated from the building call loved ones on their phones to tell them they were safe and well.

1:47pm

Commercial Road has now been reopened.

1:42pm

They say they expect to get the go-ahead for audience members to enter the theatre within the next five minutes.

This afternoon's show will go on! Although it is likely to be running around half an hour late.

Anyone not able to make it will be contacted.

1:41pm

Mayflower staff have been allowed back in the building.

There is no obvious damage to the historic building.

 

1:38pm

Daily Echo:

Group Manager Jerry Leonard, officer in charge of the incident, said: "Our crews were met with an extremely challenging situation with a fire on the roof and 16th floor of a building under construction in the centre of Southampton.

"Firefighters in breathing apparatus were able to make their way up through the building and using aggressive firefighting were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

"This action prevented any serious structural damage to the building. The damage was confined to the roof area and part of the 16th floor, while the rest of the building was unaffected."

1:36pm

He added: "We believe there were people working on the floor and we will speak to those people once they have been identified."

1:36pm

Daily Echo:

Firefighters extend ladders to access the roof of the building. Picture by Stuart Martin

1:36pm

It has been confirmed by HFRS that nobody has been hurt in the explosion.

1:35pm

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say the cause is not yet known.

1:35pm

The fire was put out and a stop message received at 12.48pm.

1:34pm

There were 15 fire appliances tackling the blaze at its height.

That amounted to 90 firefighters from across Hampshire.

1:34pm

"We have extinguished the fire and we are now down-sizing the operation," added Watch manager Lloyd-Spencer.

1:33pm

He continued: "Crews have worked extremely hard in arduous conditions because of the height and wind."

1:33pm

He said: "We were called to a serious fire on the 16th floor of the property due to the quick response from Osborne's and the fact they  alerted us very early on. They carried out an evacuation.

"Our crews went up to the 16th floor and saw a very serious fire. We tackled it in a very agressive manner."

 

 

1:32pm

Daily Echo:

More crowds gather near the scene

1:30pm

Watch manager Kevin Lloyd-Spencer is now talking to the Daily Echo at the scene.

1:18pm

Mayflower staff are telling us that no decision has yet been made to cancel or postpone this afternoon's 2pm matinee of Buddy. They hope the show will go on and will update customers as soon as possible.

1:16pm

1:11pm

Our political reporter James Franklin is at the scene of the fire and he has spoken two box office supervisors at the Mayflower Theatre.

Paul Gardiner, said: “I heard a bang at about 11.40am, me and my colleague looked out of the window and saw smoke and then flames billowing out of the top of the building.”

Paul’s colleague Steve Cove, said: “We did not know what was going on and we made a decision to evacuate the building.”

1:11pm

John Horbury, 68, from Segensworth, was with his partner Carole Parish, had just got off the bus and were on their way to The Mayflower to see Buddy Holly at the matinee this afternoon.

He said: "We saw the flames as we got off the bus then as we were walking up there was such an explosion. There was black smoke. After that the flames really ignited.

"The police were saying the show would go on at a later time but we're now being told it's cancelled."

1:11pm

1:09pm

Firefighters seem to be getting the suituation under control and we've been told the fire is out.

1:08pm

Eye witness Kat Smith, 34, told our reporter a short time ago: “I had just been to West Quay and saw this thick black smoke pouring out of the top of the building. There was a small explosion and now there are big flames coming out of the top where the crane is.”

1:04pm

Cllr Matt Tucker, city council cabinet member for economic development and leisure, said: "I was ironing when I saw the smoke.
"I was concerned about the First Wessex building of flats next door - I assume they are ok.
"It will be interesting to see how this happened.
"Hopefully no one was harmed."

1:04pm

Daily Echo:

Concerned construction workers gather outside the site. Picture by Stuart Martin

1:02pm

When it was given the go ahead the building was billed as a major landmark which would change the face of Southampton City Centre.
A special “topping out ceremony” was held in February at the £70million Mayflower Halls.
It was held after the final roof slab was laid at the top of its tallest tower, which is 17 storeys high.
Initially it was due to be finished this summer, providing flats for 1,100 students at the University of Southampton.
Andrew Osborne, chairman of developer Osborne, gave a speech while the assembled dignitaries were also given a tour of the development.

1:01pm

Daily Echo:

Police have closed off roads while the firefighters remain in the building. Picture by Chris Moorhouse.

12:59pm

Daily Echo:

Hampshire Fire and Rescue is still on the scene. Picture by Chris Moorhouse

12:59pm

The building is one of three, known as Mayflower Halls, designed to be new homes for hundreds of students from September this year.

12:58pm

The building on fire is 12 storeys high.

Work has been completed up to and including the 7th floor.

12:57pm

Daily Echo:

Crowds gather in city streets to get a better look at the blaze

12:53pm

Southampton City Council said an emergency plan has been put in place.

A statement from them reads: “We are working closely with the emergency services who are leading on this.  We are implementing our standard council emergency plans and will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will provide further updates as the situation develops.

12:51pm

A University of Southampton has released a statement saying it is aware of the fire in West Park Road and they are liaising with the building contractor Osborne.

12:49pm

Three firefighters are currently on the rooftop, wearing breating apparatus.

12:48pm

The fire is said to be on the roof of the building on the 16th floor.

12:48pm

12:47pm

Daily Echo:

Daily Echo photographer Stuart Martin took this photo of the scene

12:38pm

One eyewitness told our reporter Rory McKeown that it was a good five or ten minutes before any emergency service made it to the scene.

Bjorn Emtage said: "it's an absolute shock - things like this don't happen in Southampton."

12:37pm

Rowenna Davies, labour party candidate for Southampton itchen, is at the scene.

She said she was walking near to the Seacity Museum when she saw the fire.

She told the Daily Echo she had found out that the fire was on the roof of section B of the building.

 

12:36pm

Daily Echo:

Black smoke billowed out of the building when the fire was raging earlier.

12:34pm

South Central Ambulance Service has confirmed there are no casualties at this moment.

A SCAS spokesman said: "We are staying at the scene to support the fire service."

12:32pm

12:32pm

Firemen are entering the scene now and more firemen are getting ready to go in, our reporter Emily Ford says.

All of the workmen are out in the park and there is confusion about what has happened.

Smoke has died down considerably in the lastten minutes.

12:31pm

 
 

12:30pm

Daily Echo:

Views of the fire from outside the station

12:29pm

12:28pm

Ryan Keenan is a labourer who was working on the building site next door.

He told how the first he knew of the fire was when alarms started ringing.

He said: "As we started to leave we could see the smoke rising. there were a few bangs and there were gas bottles on the roof according to some other workers.

"We had to stand in the park. I don't think we will be back in here today."

12:26pm

kristian Oakes, 22, from Winchester Road, was in WestQuay retail park when the explosion happened. He said: "I was scared - the whole sky was black. The fire was really bad and we heard a really loud bang."

12:24pm

There are lots of police in the area as well as ambulances and people are being kept back.

12:22pm

Reporter Rebecca Pearson is on Havelock Road. The road is closed across to the Civic Centre and traffic is being stopped at the lights by Matalan and The Marlands shopping centre.

12:20pm

Residents living in Shirley Towers say they have a birds eye view of what is happening.

12:19pm

Ernest Williams lives nearby.

He told how he heard the explosion from his house in Bourne Road.

he said: "I heard a large bang and saw a lot of smoke coming out."

12:18pm

We are being told there are now more than 50 firefighters on the scene - ten appliances from across the city and the outskirts of Southampton have been drafted in.

12:17pm

Drivers are being warned to avoid the city centre of Southampton as roads are closed and the blaze is tackled.

12:16pm

Daily Echo:

The view from London Road

12:14pm

11:55am Thu 3 Apr 14

morrlot says

giant plumes of smoke, the fire has really taken hold............... the crane driver came down and hopefully all the construction workers on the roof........
emergency services arriving............
.. they really need to close off the roads quickly, debris could start falling onto streets below...............
....
lets just hope everyone escapes unscathed !!!

12:14pm

12:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says

flames are at least twenty feet high.

12:14pm

12:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

SRH74 says

Huge fire, roads now closed - flames are well alight still and as it is so high the fire service have a massive challenge on their hands. The fire is right at the top of one of the largest buildings in Southampton

12:14pm

12:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says

missdusk wrote:
"Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion" work right near it, heard nothing! First we knew was the giant smoke coming from it and we can see the fire from our office
Ditto

12:13pm


 

 

 

12:12pm

The workmen are all believed to be working on the building and are shocked at what is unfolding in front of their eyes.

12:10pm

Crowds of people are gathered just watching what is happening including a crowd of more than 80 workmen.

12:10pm

12:10pm

The explosion happened in the student accomodation which is not quite finished yet. The whole of West Park Road and Bletchenden Terrace is closed.

12:08pm

Our reporter Emily Ford is at the scene.

She says the smoke is dying down slightly but moments ago four storeys of the buildings were shrouded in thick black smoke.

12:07pm

The Mayflower Theatre have closed their Ovation restaurant to pre-theatre diners as a precaution.
They are awaiting fire brigade advice on whether to go ahead with this afternoon’s matinee performance of Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story at 2pm.
Anyone travelling to the show is advised to stay tuned to this live blog where updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

12:06pm

Another eyewitness is Chris Wotton, 44, who was driving through the city centre when he saw the smoke.

He said: "I could hear lots of small crackling noises and mini explosions. it seemed to be coming from the top of the building. I could see flames. It seemed to be burning really well."

12:05pm

Carnival accountant Charlotte Exley said staff could see the smoke from the glass building.
She said: “It’s this massive building that’s on fire. Everyone’s looking at it. The whole top of it is on fire. There’s thick black smoke rising five or six metres high above the West Quay car park. The flames are huge. I think it’s the top floor of the building.”

12:03pm

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said a high-rise property in Portland Terrace.

Crews from St Mary’s Redbridge and Hightown are on their way.

12:03pm

Hampshire police are describing it as "a major incident" and road closures will be put in place across the city. They have confirmed the fire is in a student block in Commercial Road. They were called at 11.42am.

12:03pm

Jamie Tiuslove, 19, a first-year sports journalism student at Solent University from Emily Davies Solent University Halls was in his room when he looked out of the window and saw the fire.

He said: “I saw the start of what I thought was a small fire, but then it started getting bigger and I heard an explosion, there are lots of people outside of the fire and there are lots of fire engines there.

"I could not smell the smoke but I looked out and saw the smoke rising, I also saw a guy with a high visibility jacket trying to put out the fire in the early stages. I do not know if he managed to get out."

12:02pm

It is not yet clear whether anyone is trapped.

12:02pm

Daily Echo:

The plumes of smoke are visible across the city

12:02pm

Jamie Tiuslove, 19, a first-year sports journalism student at Solent Universitywas in his room when he looked out of the window and saw the fire.
He said: “I saw the start of what I thought was a small fire, but then it started getting bigger and I heard an explosion, there are lots of people outside of the fire and there are lots of fire engines there.

"I looked out and saw the smoke rising, I also saw a guy with a high visibility jacket trying to put out the fire in the early stages. I do not know if he managed to get out."

12:01pm

Daily Echo:

The fire is blazing at the top of a student block

11:58am

The Daily Echo is being inundated with calls and emails reporting what is happening - thankyou very much and please keep your pictures and video coming. We have several reporters and photographers on their way to the scene.

11:57am

The giant ball of thick black smoke can be seen from across the city. Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion.

11:56am

Staff at The Mayflower Theatre offices have all been evacuated as flames and plumes of smoke pour out of the building.

11:56am

Crews from St Mary's, redbridge and Hightown stations have all been deployed.

11:53am

Emergency services from across the city are on their way to the scene.

11:51am

Giant plumes of black smoke can be seen across the city. The fire is understood to have broken out in a new student block of accommodation in the heart of the city centre next to the Mayflower Theatre.

11:50am

There has been an explosion in the centre of Southampton this morning.

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11:55am Thu 3 Apr 14

morrlot says...

giant plumes of smoke, the fire has really taken hold............... the crane driver came down and hopefully all the construction workers on the roof........
emergency services arriving............
.. they really need to close off the roads quickly, debris could start falling onto streets below...............
....
lets just hope everyone escapes unscathed !!!
giant plumes of smoke, the fire has really taken hold............... the crane driver came down and hopefully all the construction workers on the roof........ emergency services arriving............ .. they really need to close off the roads quickly, debris could start falling onto streets below............... .... lets just hope everyone escapes unscathed !!! morrlot
  • Score: 16

12:00pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

flames are at least twenty feet high.
flames are at least twenty feet high. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 4

12:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

missdusk says...

"Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion" work right near it, heard nothing! First we knew was the giant smoke coming from it and we can see the fire from our office
"Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion" work right near it, heard nothing! First we knew was the giant smoke coming from it and we can see the fire from our office missdusk
  • Score: 4

12:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

SRH74 says...

Huge fire, roads now closed - flames are well alight still and as it is so high the fire service have a massive challenge on their hands. The fire is right at the top of one of the largest buildings in Southampton
Huge fire, roads now closed - flames are well alight still and as it is so high the fire service have a massive challenge on their hands. The fire is right at the top of one of the largest buildings in Southampton SRH74
  • Score: 5

12:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen! ToastyTea
  • Score: -32

12:03pm Thu 3 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says...

missdusk wrote:
"Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion" work right near it, heard nothing! First we knew was the giant smoke coming from it and we can see the fire from our office
Ditto
[quote][p][bold]missdusk[/bold] wrote: "Workers at Southampton docks say they felt and heard the explosion" work right near it, heard nothing! First we knew was the giant smoke coming from it and we can see the fire from our office[/p][/quote]Ditto sotonboy84
  • Score: 7

12:15pm Thu 3 Apr 14

buntyman says...

An angry badger was seen running from the scene with an empty petrol can
An angry badger was seen running from the scene with an empty petrol can buntyman
  • Score: 25

12:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Nintyuk says...

I'm in the 6th floor of Solent University and we had a clear view across the city of the raging flames.
I'm in the 6th floor of Solent University and we had a clear view across the city of the raging flames. Nintyuk
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position
Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position bigfella777
  • Score: -20

12:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says...

"Residents living in Shirley Towers say they have a birds eye view of what is happening."

Makes an exciting change in their day from Jeremy Kyle then.
"Residents living in Shirley Towers say they have a birds eye view of what is happening." Makes an exciting change in their day from Jeremy Kyle then. sotonboy84
  • Score: 49

12:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position
The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position[/p][/quote]The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire. sotonboy84
  • Score: 22

12:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

t1nkerbell says...

i work in bedford place and the first i knew anything was on here, hope no one is hurt and its all cleared up pretty quickly
i work in bedford place and the first i knew anything was on here, hope no one is hurt and its all cleared up pretty quickly t1nkerbell
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position
The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.
That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position[/p][/quote]The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.[/p][/quote]That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting bigfella777
  • Score: -11

12:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Independence for Marchwood says...

15 pumps fro Hampshire Fire and Rescue now called.
15 pumps fro Hampshire Fire and Rescue now called. Independence for Marchwood
  • Score: 3

12:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow! camerajuan
  • Score: 8

12:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Monsterwraps says...

We are only down the road and didnt hear or feel an explosion...but the fire is still raging on. Hope no-one got hurt..
We are only down the road and didnt hear or feel an explosion...but the fire is still raging on. Hope no-one got hurt.. Monsterwraps
  • Score: 5

12:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

randomseven says...

I'm eye level with the fire (working near station). There were 2 guys on the roof moving red canisters before the first explosion went off. As it's a building under construction I guess it may be gas for tools etc as they most certainly werent trying to put the fire out.
I'm eye level with the fire (working near station). There were 2 guys on the roof moving red canisters before the first explosion went off. As it's a building under construction I guess it may be gas for tools etc as they most certainly werent trying to put the fire out. randomseven
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

camerajuan wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
Thanks, I try my best.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow![/p][/quote]Thanks, I try my best. ToastyTea
  • Score: -10

12:38pm Thu 3 Apr 14

sotonboy84 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position
The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.
That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting
Not called fire fighting if the fire crew hadn't arrived at this point.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position[/p][/quote]The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.[/p][/quote]That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting[/p][/quote]Not called fire fighting if the fire crew hadn't arrived at this point. sotonboy84
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

randomseven says...

bigfella777 wrote:
sotonboy84 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position
The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.
That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting
It was a massive fire spread across the station side of the roof, not an emergency service vehicle in sight at that point and not a bonfire.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its not on fire its gone out it wasn't that big anyway just a small bonfire on the roof just looked good because of its elevated position[/p][/quote]The flames reached about 4 story's high - I think that's a big fire.[/p][/quote]That's what happens when they put water or foam on it. Its called fire fighting[/p][/quote]It was a massive fire spread across the station side of the roof, not an emergency service vehicle in sight at that point and not a bonfire. randomseven
  • Score: 6

1:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it.
South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it. ToastyTea
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it.
They didnt even know it was happening, the reporter spoke to me outside at 12.00 and asked me and others if we had seen what had happened, by which time it was out.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it.[/p][/quote]They didnt even know it was happening, the reporter spoke to me outside at 12.00 and asked me and others if we had seen what had happened, by which time it was out. bigfella777
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

bigfella777 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it.
They didnt even know it was happening, the reporter spoke to me outside at 12.00 and asked me and others if we had seen what had happened, by which time it was out.
Did they film your interview at all ? be cool if you make it on tv later
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: South today should have some good footage for the news this evening given their office is right by it.[/p][/quote]They didnt even know it was happening, the reporter spoke to me outside at 12.00 and asked me and others if we had seen what had happened, by which time it was out.[/p][/quote]Did they film your interview at all ? be cool if you make it on tv later ToastyTea
  • Score: -7

1:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

saints fan #1 says...

buntyman wrote:
An angry badger was seen running from the scene with an empty petrol can
and a donkey with a coke can
[quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: An angry badger was seen running from the scene with an empty petrol can[/p][/quote]and a donkey with a coke can saints fan #1
  • Score: -5

1:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

BerryMan says...

Just the job for sixty year old firefighters!
Only 16 floors to get up.
Just the job for sixty year old firefighters! Only 16 floors to get up. BerryMan
  • Score: 8

1:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Portland Saint says...

Very glad to hear that no-one have been hurt and given the ferocity and location of the fire I think the Fire Brigade did a brilliant job controlling it so quickly. The police and emergency services are out in force and this will have caused distruption and inconvenience to many but well done to all those involved in keeping us safe.
Very glad to hear that no-one have been hurt and given the ferocity and location of the fire I think the Fire Brigade did a brilliant job controlling it so quickly. The police and emergency services are out in force and this will have caused distruption and inconvenience to many but well done to all those involved in keeping us safe. Portland Saint
  • Score: 8

1:59pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Jesus_02 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
Thanks, I try my best.
Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow![/p][/quote]Thanks, I try my best.[/p][/quote]Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that. Jesus_02
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
Thanks, I try my best.
Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.
I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow![/p][/quote]Thanks, I try my best.[/p][/quote]Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.[/p][/quote]I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site. camerajuan
  • Score: 4

2:10pm Thu 3 Apr 14

becksbeare says...

"Group Manager Jerry Leonard, officer in charge of the incident, said: "Our crews were met with an extremely challenging situation with a fire on the roof and 16th floor of a building under construction in the centre of Southampton"
Should we be building student accommodation this high? If it's so challenging to fight fires it's not a great place to put anyone - never mind youngsters...
"Group Manager Jerry Leonard, officer in charge of the incident, said: "Our crews were met with an extremely challenging situation with a fire on the roof and 16th floor of a building under construction in the centre of Southampton" Should we be building student accommodation this high? If it's so challenging to fight fires it's not a great place to put anyone - never mind youngsters... becksbeare
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

camerajuan wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
Thanks, I try my best.
Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.
I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site.
The news had been released, the Echo were about 20 minutes behind everyone else as normal.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow![/p][/quote]Thanks, I try my best.[/p][/quote]Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.[/p][/quote]I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site.[/p][/quote]The news had been released, the Echo were about 20 minutes behind everyone else as normal. ToastyTea
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

commonsence says...

From reading all the comments and seeing the pictures , A Big Thank You to all the services involved . Thankfully all the workers were evacuated quickly and no-one was hurt . As these flats are to be for students I do hope that a sprinkler system is to be fitted in there because accidents causing Fire do happen .
From reading all the comments and seeing the pictures , A Big Thank You to all the services involved . Thankfully all the workers were evacuated quickly and no-one was hurt . As these flats are to be for students I do hope that a sprinkler system is to be fitted in there because accidents causing Fire do happen . commonsence
  • Score: 6

2:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

Some firemen were on the scene within moments, having been on watch at Central Station taxi rank.
Some firemen were on the scene within moments, having been on watch at Central Station taxi rank. Brite Spark
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

City Center?
City Center? Brite Spark
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Another good example of an Echo headline seeking to mislead. The implication is that students live in the block - no one lives in it yet. 'Fire on city centre building site' doesn't sound so dramatic though.
Another good example of an Echo headline seeking to mislead. The implication is that students live in the block - no one lives in it yet. 'Fire on city centre building site' doesn't sound so dramatic though. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 4

4:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

squirel1975 says...

commonsence wrote:
From reading all the comments and seeing the pictures , A Big Thank You to all the services involved . Thankfully all the workers were evacuated quickly and no-one was hurt . As these flats are to be for students I do hope that a sprinkler system is to be fitted in there because accidents causing Fire do happen .
You seem to be suggesting that Students are more likely to cause fires than other people?

But anyway, it is a legal requirement to put sprinklers and fire vents in new build flats, so you don't need to worry.
[quote][p][bold]commonsence[/bold] wrote: From reading all the comments and seeing the pictures , A Big Thank You to all the services involved . Thankfully all the workers were evacuated quickly and no-one was hurt . As these flats are to be for students I do hope that a sprinkler system is to be fitted in there because accidents causing Fire do happen .[/p][/quote]You seem to be suggesting that Students are more likely to cause fires than other people? But anyway, it is a legal requirement to put sprinklers and fire vents in new build flats, so you don't need to worry. squirel1975
  • Score: 5

9:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ampshirelass says...

From the view I had, I caught site of the fire when it was really small, a colleague happened to be looking at the building at the time. We could see a construction worker trying to put it out, but it quickly it got larger and he ran from the roof with the other workers as the flames got out of control.

We saw a small explosion and the flames became much higher and spread across the roof. The smoke was thick and black, but fortunately blown across to the dockside of the city, it smelt like rubber and burnt plastic.

It's a huge relief to know that everyone escaped from the building and no one was hurt. Our emergency services responded well, I thank them for the risks they are prepared to take yet again to protect people... I hope anyone that has something negative to say, never has the need to call upon their services in the future.
From the view I had, I caught site of the fire when it was really small, a colleague happened to be looking at the building at the time. We could see a construction worker trying to put it out, but it quickly it got larger and he ran from the roof with the other workers as the flames got out of control. We saw a small explosion and the flames became much higher and spread across the roof. The smoke was thick and black, but fortunately blown across to the dockside of the city, it smelt like rubber and burnt plastic. It's a huge relief to know that everyone escaped from the building and no one was hurt. Our emergency services responded well, I thank them for the risks they are prepared to take yet again to protect people... I hope anyone that has something negative to say, never has the need to call upon their services in the future. ampshirelass
  • Score: 7

9:20am Fri 4 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

ToastyTea wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
ToastyTea wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen!
And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow!
Thanks, I try my best.
Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.
I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site.
The news had been released, the Echo were about 20 minutes behind everyone else as normal.
Trying to justify it doesn't make it any better Toasty. Still a pathetic comment.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Local residents said they didn't want more students in this area, they didn't listen![/p][/quote]And the award for the worst comment on this story takes a bow![/p][/quote]Thanks, I try my best.[/p][/quote]Not that funny but hardly offensive... well done on achieving -20, it normally takes a comment on a Cyclist v Motorist thread to achieve that.[/p][/quote]I think the point is that he made this comment before the news was released that nobody was injured or hurt. Slightly pathetic joke which could have been at the expense of one or more of the workers at the site.[/p][/quote]The news had been released, the Echo were about 20 minutes behind everyone else as normal.[/p][/quote]Trying to justify it doesn't make it any better Toasty. Still a pathetic comment. camerajuan
  • Score: 2

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