Shocked residents gathered in the streets last night as an iconic city burger restaurant went up in flames.

Around 75 firefighters raced to Portswood Road as a fire tore through 7Bone Burger Co Southampton.

Thick black smoke billowed into the sky at around 7.30pm


Crews from across Hampshire


According to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, there were 14 engines from across the county on the scene initially.

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The blaze has destroyed the site of the popular burger outlet and caused damage to the former Richmond Inn next door, which is currently unoccupied.

Crews worked late into the night to contain the fire and remain on the scene this morning.

Daily Echo: Damage to the 7Bone outlet in Portswood Road, Southmpton.Damage to the 7Bone outlet in Portswood Road, Southmpton.

Traffic diverted


Police closed off Portswood Road at its junctions with Alma Road and near Brookvale Road as emergency services dealt with the situation.

Both motorists and pedestrians were directed away from the area, however, the route has since reopened.

Daily Echo: Firefighters in Portswood Road on July 8, 2022.Firefighters in Portswood Road on July 8, 2022.


What happened?


Around 75 firefighters were scrambled to tackle the blaze which involved stations from as far away as Cosham.

According to St Mary's Fire Station watch manager, Peter Larcombe, an engine was stationed in the area all night.

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Work has been underway to make the site secure and safe.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, however, an investigation is due to be launched today.

Daily Echo: 7Bone in Portswood Road damaged following a fire.7Bone in Portswood Road damaged following a fire.

Counting the cost


The roof at 7Bone has collapsed with crews working throughout the night to prevent the fire from flaring up again.

The site is cordoned off this morning with the restaurant extensively damaged.

The emergency services report that no one has been injured.

Praise for firefighters


Incident Commander Rob Cole gave credit to the crews involved in the operation on Friday.

He said: “Our teams worked incredibly hard in hot conditions to aggressively fight the fire and prevent it from spreading to the adjoining premises.

“Throughout the incident, we worked closely with our Hampshire Constabulary colleagues who closed off the surrounding roads."

Daily Echo: Firefighters working to contain the blaze at 7Bone in Portswood RoadFirefighters working to contain the blaze at 7Bone in Portswood Road

In a statement, he thanked local businesses which provided firefighters with refreshments throughout the "incident on a humid evening”.

A spokesperson for 7Bone praised the restaurant team for doing a "great job of acting quickly and getting themselves and customers out safely with no one hurt".

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They also gave a "huge thank you" to the fire and rescue services "who were amazing, battled and got the blaze under control".