Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton Paddy Power fire damages flats

Shirley High Street Image copyright HFRS
Image caption Flames from fire could be seen coming out of the roof of the building

A fire has ravaged flats above a betting shop.

The blaze broke out atop a Southampton branch of high street gambling giant Paddy Power at about 05:20 GMT.

It began on the first floor or in the roof space of the terraced building, said firefighters, who remain at the scene bringing the fire under control.

The flats above the shop in Shirley High Street were unoccupied and no-one was injured in the blaze, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

An investigation into the cause has started.

At its height, about 30 firefighters tackled the blaze.

The road between Church Street and Anglesea Road has since reopened.

Image caption Crews used an aerial ladder to fight the fire from above the building
Image copyright HFRS
Image caption The fire broke out at about 05:20 GMT
Image copyright HFRS
Image caption More than 30 firefighters dealt with the fire above the betting shop

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