Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Homes evacuated after Portsmouth garage fire

Firefighters tackling the fire at A2Z Motor Vehicle Service
Image caption People were advised to avoid the Francis Avenue area

A number of homes were evacuated and a cordon was set up after a fire broke out at a garage in Portsmouth.

More than 20 firefighters were called to A2Z Motor Vehicle Service in Southsea, and people were told to avoid the Francis Avenue area, on Tuesday.

A 220m (656ft) cordon was set up over fears an acetylene tank at the site could explode, but it was later established it had not overheated.

A nearby rest centre was set up but residents were soon allowed home.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.

Roads were closed but have since reopened.

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