DRAMATIC new footage has been released tonight of damage caused by a fireball that exploded at the top of a Southampton high rise block.

It shows the damage caused to the roof of the building where the fire began earlier today.

A Hampshire Fire & Rescue investigation is continuing but initial findings suggest it was an accident.

The incident caused chaos throughout the city with roads closed and 300 people evacuated from nearby buildings, including the Mayflower Theatre.

The video is courtesy of Hampshire Fire & Rescue.

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