Recap updates as fire crews battled 'major blaze' in Portsmouth apartment building

RESIDENTS were advised to ‘avoid the area’ after a ‘major’ fire broke out in an apartment building.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson and Fiona Callingham
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 6:58 pm

The blaze was in Grafton Street, Portsmouth.

One resident described the fire as ‘major’ and said that it ‘appears to be a number of flats are on fire’.

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Fire in Grafton Street, Portsmouth.

Pictures and video show a large plume of smoke billowing from the building.

The News has sent a reporter down to the scene and have contacted Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

We will bring you all the latest updates on the fire in our live blog.

You can view our blog at the bottom of this article.

Pictures and video are available at the top of the story.

Check back for updates throughout the rest of the day on the fire in Portsmouth.

If you have any images or footage of the blaze, you can contact us via Facebook or email: [email protected]

Live updates as ‘major fire’ starts in Portsmouth

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 May, 2022, 19:04

  • Fire was in an apartment building
  • Pictures and video show plume of smoke
  • Blaze is now out, fire service says

Residents of Grafton Street apartment block 'petrified' after 'huge' blaze broke out in top-floor flat

Block D in Grafton Street, Portsmouth, on May 11, 2022

Residents of a city apartment block have spoken of their ‘shock’ and being ‘petrified’ after a ‘huge’ fire broke out in a flat on its top floor.

Partial road closure in place

A spokeswoman for the fire service provided the following update: ‘Fire now out, incident expected to be scaled down shortly’

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Residents advised to ‘avoid the area’

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue said: ‘Firefighters are currently at the scene of a fire at a block of flats in Grafton Street, Portsmouth.

‘Crews from Southsea, Cosham, Portchester, Havant, Eastleigh, Fareham, St Mary’s, Waterlooville and Hayling Island are in attendance.

‘The call came in at just before 4pm.

‘People are asked to avoid the area to allow our crews to work.’

Picture shows huge plume of smoke

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‘Major fire’ has started in Portsmouth

One resident described the fire as ‘major’ and said that it ‘appears to be a number of flats are on fire’. 

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