Training exercise sparks panic of large blaze in Portsmouth

Fire at the rear of St Mary's hospital in Fratton.  PICTURE: Andrew Cooper
Fire at the rear of St Mary's hospital in Fratton. PICTURE: Andrew Cooper
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FIREFIGHTERS carried out a large training exercise at the former St Mary’s Hospital site today.

Crews from Southsea station were thought to be setting fire to some of the derelict buildings on the demolition site and putting them out again.

Fire at the rear of St Mary's hospital in Fratton. ''PICTURE: Andrew Cooper

Fire at the rear of St Mary's hospital in Fratton. ''PICTURE: Andrew Cooper

Large plumes of smoke were seen as far as Southsea around 4pm when the training was taking place.