Man rescued from flat after fire breaks out at Portsmouth tower block

Fire engines at the scene of a blaze at Handsworth House, Somers Town, Portsmouth, on Sunday afternoon. Picture: @Suburban_Jogger on Twitter
Fire engines at the scene of a blaze at Handsworth House, Somers Town, Portsmouth, on Sunday afternoon. Picture: @Suburban_Jogger on Twitter
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A MAN has been rescued from a flat after a fire broke out at a Portsmouth tower block.

Crews and at least seven vehicles from Southsea, Cosham, Havant and Fareham were called to reports of a blaze at Handsworth House, in Quinton Close, Somers Town, at 1.57pm. 

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a fire was put out using four breathing apparatus and two jets. 

She said one man was rescued from a flat, but it is not known which area of the building the property is in. 

A spokesperson for Southsea Fire Station said on Twitter that Hampshire police and South Central Ambulance Service were also in attendance. 

The origin of the blaze is not yet known, but a stop message was issued at 2.40pm.