Fire at flat on West Park Road in Southampton

Daily Echo: Scene of the blaze in West Park Road Scene of the blaze in West Park Road

RESIDENTS from a Hampshire tower block were evacuated from their homes this morning after a fire broke out on the third floor.

Firefighters from across the city headed to West Park Road, in Southampton, to the block of flats where the blaze started just before 10.30am.

Families and their young children could only stand and watch as around 40 firefighters headed into the building to tackle the small fire, while those on the higher floors stayed inside and watched from their windows.

One mum Kirsty Hopkins, who has a 20-month-old son, Callum, was heading back from shopping when she saw the fire engines racing past but was shocked to find them parked outside her home a few minutes later.

She said: “You hear the fire engines all the time but you don't expect them to be outside your home. It was a shock, especially because there were so many firefighters, but everyone was evacuated safely which is a relief.”

At around 11.30am, residents were informed by police that it was safe to go back inside their homes as only two flats were damaged by the flames.

However they were warned to take extra care as the corridors were water logged.

An investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the fire.

 

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11:25am Mon 15 Oct 12

G0Rf says...

is this the brand new block of flats?

Anyone else have problems with this website keep crashing the web browser all the time?
is this the brand new block of flats? Anyone else have problems with this website keep crashing the web browser all the time? G0Rf
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11:31am Mon 15 Oct 12

Eric_Cartman says...

G0Rf wrote:
is this the brand new block of flats?

Anyone else have problems with this website keep crashing the web browser all the time?
Yes, fairly often
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: is this the brand new block of flats? Anyone else have problems with this website keep crashing the web browser all the time?[/p][/quote]Yes, fairly often Eric_Cartman
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1:03pm Mon 15 Oct 12

sass says...

Did anyone with a pacemaker have to take the stairs?
Did anyone with a pacemaker have to take the stairs? sass
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1:05pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Shoong says...

We should probably blame it on fags.
We should probably blame it on fags. Shoong
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3:01pm Mon 15 Oct 12

solents says...

Shoong wrote:
We should probably blame it on fags.
That's a bit homophobic. . .!
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: We should probably blame it on fags.[/p][/quote]That's a bit homophobic. . .! solents
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4:49pm Mon 15 Oct 12

lolly2012 says...

This report makes it sound a lot more dramatic than it was. There were a lot of firemen that parts true.
This report makes it sound a lot more dramatic than it was. There were a lot of firemen that parts true. lolly2012
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4:55pm Mon 15 Oct 12

VConcerned says...

Why do people always think homophobic or raceist, please a great number of fires are caused by cigarettes (a known fact). So 'solent' your comments are not worthy of printing but do they reflect more about you!
Why do people always think homophobic or raceist, please a great number of fires are caused by cigarettes (a known fact). So 'solent' your comments are not worthy of printing but do they reflect more about you! VConcerned
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4:59pm Mon 15 Oct 12

VConcerned says...

Thanks to the Fire Brigade for they must still remember the Firefighters lost recently in a high rise flats fire.
Thanks to the Fire Brigade for they must still remember the Firefighters lost recently in a high rise flats fire. VConcerned
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5:59pm Mon 15 Oct 12

chunky_lover says...

this is strange - people in that building actually go to work by day as opposed to the other tower blocks.
this is strange - people in that building actually go to work by day as opposed to the other tower blocks. chunky_lover
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7:21pm Mon 15 Oct 12

memush says...

lolly2012 wrote:
This report makes it sound a lot more dramatic than it was. There were a lot of firemen that parts true.
If you do not need them all, some can be returned to station--the important thing is to have sufficient there initially should they all be needed.
[quote][p][bold]lolly2012[/bold] wrote: This report makes it sound a lot more dramatic than it was. There were a lot of firemen that parts true.[/p][/quote]If you do not need them all, some can be returned to station--the important thing is to have sufficient there initially should they all be needed. memush
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7:36pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Sovietobserver says...

Shoong wrote:
We should probably blame it on fags.
A resident left his home with a chip pan still on. Source of information ,BBC.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: We should probably blame it on fags.[/p][/quote]A resident left his home with a chip pan still on. Source of information ,BBC. Sovietobserver
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8:50pm Mon 15 Oct 12

IronLady2010 says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
Shoong wrote:
We should probably blame it on fags.
A resident left his home with a chip pan still on. Source of information ,BBC.
A chip pan at 10:30am?
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: We should probably blame it on fags.[/p][/quote]A resident left his home with a chip pan still on. Source of information ,BBC.[/p][/quote]A chip pan at 10:30am? IronLady2010
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9:26pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Sovietobserver says...

Brunch ?
Brunch ? Sovietobserver
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