A STUDENT washing their laundry ended up sparking a fire alert at a halls of residence in Portsmouth.
A passer-by had called the fire brigade after seeing what they thought was smoke escaping from a window of Reece Hall, in Southsea Terrace, Portsmouth.
But the ‘smoke’ was just steam from a load of laundry being washed.
Because of the size of the block, a total of seven fire crews – three from Southsea and three from Cosham – were sent to the scene at 2.19pm yesterday.
Other crews were called too, but turned back once those on scene discovered it was a false alarm. It’s thought students had started to evacuate the building as the alarm was raised.
Crew manager Kevin Taylor said: Someone thought they saw smoke coming from one of the windows but it turned out to be steam from laundry.’