A BLAZE in which a flat was badly damaged is being investigated by police.
Firefighters were called to the terraced property in Eastney Road, Eastney, after the blaze broke out shortly after 5.30pm yesterday.
It is believed the occupants of the first floor flat were at home when the fire broke out but they managed to escape unharmed and their flat has not been damaged.
It took three crews from Southsea just under half an hour to put the fire out.
No one was hurt, police said.
It is not yet known how the fire was started.
The surrounding area was cordoned off with blue and white police tape.
Police Community Support Officers guarded the scene through the night and were still there this morning.
Part of the pavement on one side of Reginald Road at its junction with Eastney Road is still cordoned off to stop people from getting to the back of the properties.
Ambi Ndlovu, 35, who lives opposite the house, said: ‘It was late afternoon. I had been out cycling, I just saw the fire service and police outside the house.
‘There were about three fire engines, there was smoke coming out of the front door.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘At 5.38pm yesterday a member of the public reported a house fire at Eastney Road.
‘I can confirm that no persons have been hurt as a result of this fire.
‘The circumstances are currently being investigated by the police.
‘There were road closures in the vicinity while the fire was dealt with by Hampshire Fire and Rescue.
‘All roads are now open.’
Investigations are ongoing and anyone with any information should contact Detective Sergeant Huggett on 101 or 0845 045 4545.