Investigation after fire starts at former Portsmouth JobCentre

The former JobCentre in Kingston Road, Portsmouth, which was cordoned off after a suspected arson attack ''Picture: Sarah Standing (13215-3516)
The former JobCentre in Kingston Road, Portsmouth, which was cordoned off after a suspected arson attack ''Picture: Sarah Standing (13215-3516)
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A FIRE in a disused building in Portsmouth is being treated as arson.

On Thursday night a police cordon was put up around a former job centre building, in Kingston Road, Portsmouth.

Two crews from Southsea and one from Cosham were called at around 7.30pm.

Firefighters had to smash windows at the front and back, to let out any toxic gases that had been released.

Southsea watch manager Rob Dellow said: ‘We were called to the old JobCentre building next to the bingo hall in Kingston Road.

‘A pizza delivery man said he saw flames through the window, before black smoke appeared.

‘Nine firefighters fought the fire and checked the building to ensure there were no casualties.

‘There was 30 per cent fire damage to the ground floor.’

A joint investigation between the fire service and police will be launched today.

It follows a suspected arson at The Farmhouse pub, in Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, on Monday.