Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton flats evacuated after hot water leak

Newly-built flats in Southampton had to be evacuated after a hot water tank inside the building burst.

About 15 firefighters tackled the resulting flood at the Empire View apartments on West Park Road in the early hours.

Fourteen residents from the ground floor have been taken to a local hotel. It is not yet known when they will be able to return to their homes.

The building is run by First Wessex Housing and only opened in the autumn.

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