Major fire in Gosport business park as police advise residents to close doors and windows

FIRE crews from nine stations across the county have been scrambled to a ‘serious’ fire in a Gosport business park, with residents and drivers asked to avoid the area.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 8:57 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 10:01 pm
Fire fighters are tackling a blaze at a Gosport business park. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

Crews from Cosham, Fareham, Portchester, Southsea, Eastleigh, Gosport Beaulieu, Romsey and Ringwood fire stations are tackling the blaze in a warehouse at Barwell Lane, Gosport.

A spokeswoman from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘They were called at 7.30pm this evening when smoke was seen coming from a building.

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Aerial ladder platforms have been called to help firefighters tackle the blaze. Picture: Stuart Vaizey

‘The incident is ongoing.’

A Fareham resident travelling from Portsmouth along the M27 said the ‘huge’ smoke plume from the fire could be seen from the motorway.

She said: ‘Several fire engines passed us on the motorway.

‘We drove past the fire and there was a huge amount of smoke.

‘There was so much black smoke we couldn’t see properly.’

Gosport police took to social media to warn people about the on-going incident, calling for anyone in the area to ‘steer clear’ as emergency services attend the scene.

The post said: ‘We are currently at the scene of a serious fire at a business premises on Barwell Lane, off the A32.

‘Please avoid the area. If you live nearby, please ensure you keep all windows and doors closed for your own safety.’

Further updates will be provided as the incident develops, according to the spokeswoman from the fire service.

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