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EVACUATED residents were given a free meal thanks to the Salvation Army.

Portsmouth City Council say about 16 people from flats near the old Joanna’s nightclub building will be put into temporary accommodation.

And yesterday around half a dozen evacuees visited the Salvation Army Citadel, Albert Road, Southsea, for a free meal.

Major Mary Wolfe said: ‘We did jacket potatoes with different fillings and a gateau and cheesecake.’

Guests from the Royal Beach Hotel have also been provided with alternative accommodation.

Tuesday night’s fire in South Parade, Southsea, damaged to a power sub-station, and at the time left 500 homes without electricity.

Now power remains disconnected from a property in Alhambra Road and from South Parade Pier.

Samantha O’Connor, spokeswoman for Southern Electric, said: ‘Our engineers have made steady progress and restored the majority of supplies.

‘The pier and one property will remain without power until the fire brigade ensures it’s safe to carry out repairs.

‘We hope to investigate the extent of the repairs at the end of this week.’