Havant firefighters tackle Winchester hospital fire

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HAVANT firefighters have been called in to deal with a large fire at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

The fire has caused parts of the hospital to be evacuated as fire crews fight the blaze.

It is believed to have started in a building that houses an MRI scanner.

The accident and emergency department has been closed and the hospital is not taking any ambulance admissions.

Police have advised motorists to avoid the area.

At least 10 fire crews were called in this afternoon at around 4pm

No-one is thought to have been injured in the blaze, but roads closures around the site has caused traffic to become gridlocked.

Michael Arnold, who was in the MRI unit when the fire began, reported seeing ‘a pall of thick smoke’.

‘Staff were quite brilliant in evacuating the public from the building,’ he said.