Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton shop fire suspicious say police

The shop in Derby Road, Southampton
Image caption Three people needed medical treatment

A fire which destroyed a food shop in Southampton is being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Several homes had to be evacuated after fire broke in Emdads Halal Food Hall in Derby Road early on Thursday.

One neighbour described an explosion at the shop at about 0450 GMT. Two people were injured and a baby was treated after breathing in smoke.

Hampshire Constabulary said officers were examining CCTV and conducting house to house inquiries.

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