Mental health unit in Havant evacuated after fire

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Residents of a mental health unit were evacuated today after a fire started in one of the rooms.

The unit’s automatic fire alarm went off at 10.30am, prompting a full evacuation of the buildings at Elmleigh, in New Lane, Havant.

Firefighters from Havant and Cosham were called to the scene and put out the fire, which had taken hold of one of the ground-floor units.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and firefighters praised the unit’s staff for their swift evacuation process.

The three fire crews put out the blaze by 11am.

Elmleigh is a service that is managed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Residents may be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act.

Police also attended the scene and said they are investigating the cause of the fire, which could have been started deliberately.