Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth Navy base fire creates huge plume of smoke

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Image caption The fire produced a plume of smoke that could be seen across Portsmouth

A blaze at a Royal Navy base created a huge plume of smoke which could be seen across Portsmouth.

Rubbish piled against a warehouse near the city's waterfront caught fire shortly after 19:30 BST on Monday.

The blaze spread, ripping through machinery and hazardous materials, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

The Royal Navy confirmed the fire was on its property and that an investigation was being undertaken by Ministry of Defence Police.

No-one was injured in the blaze, firefighters said, but it could have been "much worse" if it had spread inside the building.

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Media captionA combination of waste and hazardous material created the black smoke.
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Image caption The Royal Navy confirmed the fire was on its property
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Image caption An investigation into the fire has been started by Ministry of Defence Police
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Image caption The fire damaged materials and machinery outside the warehouse

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