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ARSONISTS are thought to be behind the third fire in a month at a building in Gosport.

A fire tore through a wooden outbuilding at the old site of the Gosport and Fareham Civil Service Club in Gosport Road on Sunday.

Two fire engines attended the scene at 8pm and spent around 45 minutes putting out the fire.

One of the fire engines had travelled from Fareham and the other from Gosport.

Firefighters were also called to a blaze in a set of self-assembly garages on the same site just after 9pm on Saturday, June 29.

They were also called out on Tuesday, June 4 at around 6pm when a portable cabin, which used to be the archery and cricket hut, was destroyed.

Gosport fire station manager Tim Spencer-Peet said that the fire brigade and the police were now in talks with the landowner to make the site more secure.

He also said that all three parties would be stepping up efforts to patrol the site and urged any concerned residents who witness suspicious behaviour on the grounds to call 101.

Mr Spencer-Peet said: ‘As far as we are aware, the buildings are all out of use and they are due to be demolished.

‘However, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the grounds and be doing extra patrols and making sure it is secure. The situation is being discussed with the police and the landowners.’

He said that the sooner the buildings are demolished, the better.

They are due to be pulled down at the end of this month by a property developer, which bought the land off of the MoD.

He said: ‘It’s time consuming for us and wastes our time when we could be something more useful for the community.’

Gosport fire station had previously liaised with the landowners to disconnect the power and remove electrical equipment and labelled the fire as ‘cause doubtful’ meaning it had not ruled out people starting the fires deliberately.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire police said: ‘We can confirm police were called at 7.41pm on Sunday, June 30. Officers are looking at several lines of enquiry.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101.