False alarm at shop in Havant retail park

Police outside Wilmcote House, Portsmouth

Residents had to be signed in to Portsmouth flat block after police incident

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a blaze at a shop in a false alarm.

A leaky air-conditioning unit in the roof space at Laura Ashley in Solent Retail Park, Solent Road, Havant, had sparked an alarm at 1.50pm.

The firefighters from Havant station were initially called to tackle a fire after smoke was spotted.

But that turned out to be water vapour from the faulty unit.

The crew advised the shop to close its doors and get an engineer in.