EMERGENCY services were called after it was reported children were inside a burning house.
The blaze began just after 8.30pm last night at a property in Turner Avenue, Gosport.
Firefighters from Fareham and Gosport attended and made a thorough search of the house –but the children were actually with neighbours.
A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the crews dealt with a small fire on the stairs.
They said no-one was injured in the incident.