Two teenagers arrested after fire is started at Southsea pub

FIRE The Town House pub
FIRE The Town House pub

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TWO teenagers have been arrested after a fire was discovered in a derelict pub.

Firefighters were called to the Town House pub, in Portland Road, Southsea, yesterday at around 5pm.

They received reports that two people could be trapped inside after a small blaze had started in the building’s old kitchen.

But when they entered the pub the fire was not serious and two teenagers were found hiding in an upstairs room.

Two young men were taken into custody by police who cordoned off the road while they made sure the area was safe.

Officers are now working with fire investigators to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Watch manager Ian Jeffery, from Southsea fire station, said three fire engines had been dispatched when the call came in.

‘Three pumps were sent when we heard that people could be trapped inside,’ he said. ‘But we soon realised it was just a small paper fire and our breathing apparatuses weren’t needed.’