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FIREFIGHTERS have rescued a woman from a blaze in a block of flats.

Fire crews were called to Victoria Road North in Southsea this afternoon at around 3.10pm.

Police temporarily closed the road to allow the emergency services better access and traffic was diverted away from the area.

The fire broke out in the lounge of a flat on the first floor, and later spread to the ground floor.

An ambulance was called to treat a 51-year-old woman who had to be rescued from the flat by firefighters.

A pet rabbit was also rescued.

The woman was taken to hospital.

Three pumps were called from Southsea fire station and one from Portchester.

The fire was put out by 3.30pm and the fire engines left the scene by 4.45pm.

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