An investigation is underway today after a man died in a bungalow fire in Hampshire.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the address in Haslar Crescent, Waterlooville just before 3am this morning.

Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the blaze and officers are likely to remain at the scene for most of the day.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Control operators were alerted to a fire in a house in Waterlooville in the early hours of this morning.

“Five fire appliances were deployed from Waterlooville, Cosham and Havant, along with an aerial ladder platform from Southsea and a special equipment unit from Cosham.

“Crews were met with arduous conditions and a fully developed fire. Firefighters entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and used jets and hose reels to extinguish the fire.

“Sadly, even though crews arrived promptly, and quickly tackled the severe fire, one adult male could not be saved. Our thoughts are with the deceased’s family at this difficult time.”

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 03:04 this morning to reports of a house fire on Haslar Crescent, Waterlooville.

“We sent an ambulance, an ambulance officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“Sadly, one person was confirmed deceased at scene.”

A spokesman for Hamsphrie police said: “At this stage we are not in a position to confirm further details relating to the identity of the deceased. Formal identification procedures have not yet taken place.

“Safer Neighbourhoods officers will be conducting house to house enquiries in the area throughout the day.”

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation should contact District CID at Havant police station on 101.

Alternatively call Cimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.