Fire drama at Winchester Prison

A prisoner is being treated by medical staff after a fire broke out in his cell.

Friday, 6th January 2017, 7:34 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:41 pm

Fire and ambulance crews were called to HMP Winchester following a report of a blaze in a cell on B wing.

South Central Ambulance Service said: “We had a call from the fire service at 3.02pm about a fire in a prison cell.

“We sent our hazardous area response team (HART) and four vehicles along with an ambulance officer and a rapid response vehicle.

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“The prisoner was taken out of the cell and is being cared for by the prison’s health care team.”

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman confirmed there had been a “small fire in a single prison cell”.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said it sent three appliances but they were not required and left the scene.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “Staff at HMP Winchester put out a small cell fire on Thursday 5 January. There were no injuries to staff or prisoners and the fire service attended as a precaution.”