Fire in derelict Portsmouth snooker club

Fire and rescue

Fire and rescue

Firefighters tackling a blaze at The Hard in Portsmouth Picture: Malcolm Wells

BREAKING: Eight fire crews called to blaze at The Hard

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A BLAZE in a derelict snooker club is being treated as suspicious.

About 35 firefighters tackled the fire in Southampton Road, Portsmouth, after it was reported shortly after 4am today.

Crews from Cosham, Southsea, Havant and Portchester attended and searched the building amid fears someone could be inside.

However no-one was injured.

Cosham crew manager Joe Forrest said that on arrival they could see smoke coming from what appeared to be the roof space. There were also people working on-site at the time so a full search of the building was carried out.

He said: ‘The fires weren’t that big but there were a lot of combustibles in the so potentially it could have been a massive fire.

‘Luckily we nipped it in the bud.’

The fire was put out and crews left the scene at about 7am.

The cause is being investigated.

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