Firefighters tackle blaze in roof of old Waterlooville farmhouse

BLAZE Firefighters at the Plant Farm site in Waterlooville. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122449-2397)
BLAZE Firefighters at the Plant Farm site in Waterlooville. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122449-2397)
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FIREFIGHTERS were called to a derelict farmhouse which caught fire in the middle of the night.

Six fire engines from Waterlooville, Cosham and Southsea fire stations were called to London Road in Waterlooville at around 7am on Saturday.

A blaze had started in an old farmhouse at the historic Plant Farm.

Station manager Mark Larrimore, who was at the scene, said: ‘We have been called out to the same property in the past and we believe youths have been playing there and have set fires.

‘We were called at about 7am but we believe the fire had been burning all night.

‘We didn’t send anyone in because it was derelict and it was collapsing inside so we fought the fire from the outside.

‘We had the majority of the fire out fairly quickly.’

The aerial ladder unit from Southsea fire station was also sent to the scene to help tackle the blaze.

There is likely to be an investigation into what caused the fire.

Firefighters remained at the farmhouse well into the afternoon to make sure the fire was under control.