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FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze that ripped through a Southsea flat.

At least 28 crew members were called out to the fire at a two-storey block of flats in Outram Road, Southsea, at about 7.10pm.

There were initially fears that people were inside the building.

However all residents were accounted for.

The fire broke out in the living room of a flat in the block, however it is not yet known how the blaze started.

The cause is under investigation.

Acting crew manager Brett Baker from Cosham said the woman occupant of the affected flat was out at the time, but returned as firefighters were tackling the blaze.

Crew manager Baker said: ‘The whole flat is uninhabitable. There is no damage to any other property.’

He said of the residents at the affected flat: ‘She turned up literally as we were finishing. She had only gone out for a little while, about half-an-hour.

‘The other flats are all fine. They [the residents] have all gone back into theirs.

Two crews from Southsea, two from Cosham, a special equipment unit, a multi-roll vehicle and a crew from Portchester were called out.

Meanwhile traffic was diverted from the area as Outram Road was shut, causing tailbacks in the surrounding areas.

However the road was reopened and traffic was said to be flowing freely by about 9.30pm.