MORE than 40 firefighters were called to tackle a chip pan fire that spread to the roof of the house.
One crew from Horndean was first to arrive at the property in London Road, Horndean, at 5.30pm this evening.
As the fire spread from the kitchen and into the roof, a further six crews were called.
One crew from Southsea, two from Cosham – and the special equipment unit – two crews from Waterlooville and one from Havant were also needed.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus as they entered the building.
The residents of the house – an elderly couple – called the fire service before leaving the house.
Incident commander David Hodge, who is station commander at Havant, said: ‘There was a risk that this fire could have been greater than it was.
‘The fire had started in the kitchen because of a chip fan and we sent in two firefighters.
‘But it travelled into the loft space and set fire to contents in the loft.
‘Our firefighting operations were hampered to the access to the roof.
‘We requested the attendance of a further six fire appliances – there were approximately 45 firefighters.
‘The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes and the damage has mainly been restricted to the loft area.
‘There has been substantial damage to the kitchen.’
Firefighters are currently reinforcing the roof to protect the property from the bad weather that is forecast for tonight.
Hampshire Constabulary have closed London Road where it meets the junctions with Drift Road and with the A3.
No one was injured.