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Update: Roof of a Cowplain store destroyed by fire

Firefighters tackling the blaze at the Co-operative Food Store, in Milton Road, Cowplain Picture: Malcolm Wells

Firefighters tackling the blaze at the Co-operative Food Store, in Milton Road, Cowplain Picture: Malcolm Wells

 

MORE than 30 firefighters were called to tackle a store fire.

Two engines from Cosham, one from Horndean, one from Portchester, two from Waterlooville, the special equipment unit and the aerial ladder platform from Southsea, were called to Milton Road, Cowplain.

Crews went to the Co-operative Food Store at 2.51pm today.

Incident commander Damian Watts for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We got the situation in control in 20 minutes and put out the fire in 40 minutes.

‘After that we needed to make sure we dampened down the building and check any fire hotspots.

‘When we arrived there was a lot of smoke and the flames were about 10ft off the roof.

‘I would like to commend the staff inside the store for correctly raising the alarm when they spotted the fire and ensuring everyone got out safely.’

Hampshire Constabulary had put road closures in place at the junction between Sunnymead Drive and Pyrford Close, north bound of Milton Road with the junction of Sunnymead Drive and south bound of Milton Road with the junction of Hart Plain Avenue.

The roads were reopened at about 5.30pm.

One fire crew is likely to stay in Milton Road overnight to ensure the fire does not start again.

South Central Ambulance Service sent paramedics and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

One person was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, in Horndean, were also on site giving out refreshments to the emergency services.

The cause of the fire is not known at present.

 

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