Probe launched after Gosport house fire

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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a house was ravaged by fire last night.

Fire engines were called to a terraced house in Bucksey Road, Rowner, at about 10.10pm.

The property, owned by the Ministry of Defence, was unoccupied, but firefighters reported that a light was on in the house.

Gosport’s watch manager Steve Bint said: ‘We had flames coming out from the roof 6ft high.

‘We got a covering jet on the roof and had a team through the front door and a team either side of the property in the roof space to prevent it spreading.

‘We managed to stop it spreading.’

A total of 36 firefighters, including a crew from Fareham, battled the blaze, which was under control within an hour.

An aerial ladder platform from Southampton was sent to the scene.

Mr Bint said firefighters initially believed someone could have been trapped in the property.

He said: ‘It was locked with a light on.

‘After a while we established all persons were accounted for.

‘The neighbours said the property is unoccupied.’

The roof was destroyed in the blaze, while the first floor was severely damaged by fire and water.

Crews spent more than two hours dampening down the property after the fire was out.

They left the scene at 2.30am.

The cause is not yet known.

Police and fire investigators are set to visit the property this morning.

Mr Bint said: ‘The cause is doubtful with police joining the investigation.

‘They will go back today.

‘At the moment it’s a massive wreckage and they need to sift through it and establish a cause.’