UPDATE: Investigation launched after firefighters battle Copnor roof blaze

House fire on Locarno Road, Copnor
House fire on Locarno Road, Copnor
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A ROOF fire has been extinguished by firefighters.

The blaze started at about 7.30pm tonight, with three crews from Southsea, one from Cosham and the aerial ladder platform, also from Southsea, attending the incident.

House fire on Locarno Road, Copnor

House fire on Locarno Road, Copnor

Six breathing apparatus, three jets and a hose reel were used to put out the fire in Locarno Road, Copnor.

Firefighters put it out by 8.51pm.

Tiberiu Iudean, 48, said: ‘I’m living in the neighbourhood and I just saw the smoke outside and the fire engines coming to take care of it.

‘Really I smelled it from Copnor Road where the petrol station is.

‘I just came back and saw four fire engines.’

Police are guarding the property tonight ahead of fire investigators starting work in the morning.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

All persons were accounted for, a fire service spokeswoman said.

She added: ‘Six breathing apparatus were used and three jets to tackle the fire.

‘The aerial ladder platform was used to remove roof titles.

‘All persons were accounted for.

‘The roof space is 100 per cent damaged by fire.

‘There is 100 per cent smoke damage to the property and the first floor is 50 per cent damaged by water.

‘The property has been handed over to Hampshire Police to secure overnight.

‘An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.’