Portsmouth student’s washing sets off fire alarm

Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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A STUDENT washing their laundry ended up sparking a fire alert at a halls of residence in Portsmouth.

A passer-by had called the fire brigade after seeing what they thought was smoke escaping from a window of Reece Hall, in Southsea Terrace, Portsmouth.

But the ‘smoke’ was just steam from a load of laundry being washed.

Because of the size of the block, a total of seven fire crews – three from Southsea and three from Cosham – were sent to the scene at 2.19pm yesterday.

Other crews were called too, but turned back once those on scene discovered it was a false alarm. It’s thought students had started to evacuate the building as the alarm was raised.

Crew manager Kevin Taylor said: Someone thought they saw smoke coming from one of the windows but it turned out to be steam from laundry.’