Residents evacuated after arson attack in Bevois Valley Road behind The Sobar nightclub

UPDATE: Arson squad investigating flats fire

UPDATE: Arson squad investigating flats fire

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

DETECTIVES have now launched an arson inquiry following this morning's blaze outside a Southampton nightclub that forced residents to flee their homes.

As reported earlier, people living in a block of flats close to The Sobar had to be evacuated as fire threatened to engulf their property.

Around 30 firefighters tackled the blaze, which officers think was started deliberately in a skip in Bevois Valley Road at around 3am and quickly spread to the nearby five-storey building close to the Aldi supermarket.

Daily Echo:

The cause is being investigated with an arson team on site and police cordoning off the area.

A discarded petrol can was also seen in the road.

Appliances attended from St Mary's, Redbridge, Hightown and Eastleigh and extinguished the flames using four jets and fans for smoke clearance, while the aerial ladder platform also attended from St Mary's.

Daily Echo:

Bevois Valley Road was closed in both directions but reopened at around 4.30am.

All residents have returned to their homes and there were no injuries.

The rear of The Sobar, which was closed at the time the fire started, remains sealed off while detectives carry out their enquires this afternoon.

Detective Constable Steve Thomas, from Southampton CID, said: “We're in the early stages of our investigation but at this time we believe the fire was caused deliberately.
“This was a large fire and we received many calls at the time from members of the public.
“Fortunately the bar was closed at the time of the fire and no-one was injured, but the circumstances could have been much worse.”

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10:38am Sat 2 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

Hope no one was injured. Well done to the fire service!
Hope no one was injured. Well done to the fire service! excusemoi
  • Score: 35

11:13am Sat 2 Aug 14

Huey says...

Bevois valley, hmmmmn nice
Bevois valley, hmmmmn nice Huey
  • Score: -53

11:28am Sat 2 Aug 14

Foreigngirl says...

Fire started in the back of sobar garden, gas cylinders exploded or something. All residents fine but slightly shaken up! Apartment block is basically made of chip board, we are lucky only the roof and side caught fire, should have all gone up in flames.
Fire started in the back of sobar garden, gas cylinders exploded or something. All residents fine but slightly shaken up! Apartment block is basically made of chip board, we are lucky only the roof and side caught fire, should have all gone up in flames. Foreigngirl
  • Score: 7

11:52am Sat 2 Aug 14

Smiles301 says...

That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..!
That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..! Smiles301
  • Score: -17

12:10pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Oliverm says...

A potentially deadly fire. Happy to hear no one was hurt. Good work fire brigade.
A potentially deadly fire. Happy to hear no one was hurt. Good work fire brigade. Oliverm
  • Score: 18

12:15pm Sat 2 Aug 14

thesouth says...

Saw the commotion last night. seemed to be the police there first before fire. Seems they did well controlling it all so it was nice and easy for the fire brigade when they arrived
Saw the commotion last night. seemed to be the police there first before fire. Seems they did well controlling it all so it was nice and easy for the fire brigade when they arrived thesouth
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Reality-man says...

Smiles301 wrote:
That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..!
Thank god we have people like you pointing these things out zzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Smiles301[/bold] wrote: That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..![/p][/quote]Thank god we have people like you pointing these things out zzzzzzzz Reality-man
  • Score: 7

4:58pm Sat 2 Aug 14

rjfmusic says...

Smiles301 wrote:
That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..!
Bevios?
[quote][p][bold]Smiles301[/bold] wrote: That picture with the fire truck is not Bevios Valley, Well done to the copy n paste reporter..![/p][/quote]Bevios? rjfmusic
  • Score: 1

5:43pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Thousands of pounds worth of improvements.
Thousands of pounds worth of improvements. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: -6

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