People evacuated as fire destroys Southampton workshop

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Firefighters worked to stop it spreading to neighbouring buildings

About 10 people had to be evacuated from buildings close to a garage fire in a city centre.

The blaze at a workshop, used for vehicle repairs and bodywork, in Old Redbridge Road, Southampton, started at about 06:40 GMT.

About 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, which destroyed the building. It was brought under control by midday and there no reports of any injuries.

Road closures and a 200m (660ft) police cordon have since been lifted.

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A large plume of smoke has been seen across the city

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews were able to stop the fire spreading to surrounding buildings.

It added one crew would remain at the site to continue damping down.

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The blaze started at about 06:40 GMT

The service said its investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing but not believed to be suspicious.

At the height of the blaze, a thick, black plume of smoke could be seen for miles around the city.

Those living or working nearby had to keep their doors and windows closed as smoke drifted from the fire.

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The fire service said the workshop had been "100% affected by fire"

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