Hampshire & Isle of Wight

West Wellow fire forces residents from homes

Firefighters tackling blaze
Image caption The fire took several hours to get under control

A number of residents were forced to spend the night away from their homes following a major fire in Hampshire.

Emergency crews were called at about 1530 GMT on Friday after reports of the fire at a mid-terrace property in Gurnays Mead, West Wellow.

The intensity of the blaze caused the stairwell to collapse and the flames spread to neighbouring properties.

No-one was hurt but two dogs were killed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

'Difficult access'

More than 30 firefighters in breathing gear tackled the fire which took several hours to extinguish.

A rescue centre was set up for four families who later managed to find alternative accommodation for the night.

Fire incident commander, group manager Tom Carr, said: "Due to the intensity of this fire the stairwell collapsed as well as parts of the first floor.

"The result was that we had to tackle this fire from the outside due to difficult access."

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