Havant flat damaged by fire

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THE kitchen of a ground floor flat has been completely destroyed by fire.

Three fire engines – two from Havant and one from Emsworth – were called to Prospect Lane, Havant, just after 10.30pm last night.

Crews were called to the ground floor flat of a three-storey purpose-built complex, which was on fire.

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels, one jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Watch manager Craig Sadler, of Havant fire station, said: ‘There was a fire involving a ground floor flat in a purpose-built block of flats.

‘We thought there were persons trapped in the building, but searching each flat, while extinguishing the fire, found no persons were inside and all were accounted for.

‘The fire is believed to have originated in the lounge.

‘The kitchen/dining room was 100 per cent destroyed by fire and the rest of the flat was smoke damaged.’

Police and paramedics also attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.