Southsea’s South Parade reopens to traffic following fire

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SOUTH Parade in Southsea has been reopened to traffic – almost two weeks after a blaze ripped through derelict Joanna’s nightclub on the seafront.

The area directly outside the former club was shut as contractors worked to tear fire ravaged remains down.

Cordons remained in place at nearby Alhambra Road, from which residents were evacuated after the blaze took hold shortly before 6pm on August 9.

Portsmouth City Council arranged bed and breakfast accommodation for residents left temporarily homeless after the fire. Others decided to make their own arrangements and sought comfort with family and friends.

The Salvation Army and Holiday Inn at Pembroke Road also pitched in and residents were offered free meals.

Today works were still ongoing at the site.

Police and fire investigators are continuing to probe the cause of the fire at the former nightspot. Arson has not been ruled out. Call police on 101.