Portsmouth firefighters battling large blaze on Hampshire high street
Fire crews are battling a large fire on a high street this morning.Â
Eight fire engines, including one from Southsea, are at the scene of the blaze in Shirley, Southampton.Â
The high street is closed in both directions as around 30 firefighters battle the blaze this morning (November 21).Â
Pictures from the scene appear to show that the fire is affecting theÂ Paddy Power bookmakerÂ in Shirley.Â
Residents in the area are being advisedÂ to keep windows and doors shut.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue tweeted: '˜We are currently dealing with a large fire in #Shirley High Street.
'˜About 30 firefighters are on the scene. Please avoid the area.'Â
As well as the eight fire engines at the scene there are alsoÂ two aerial ladder platforms in Shirley as firefighters battle the blaze.Â
The BluestarÂ 4, 7, 17 andÂ 18 busesÂ will not be stopping at Shirley Precinct and Church Street as a result of the fire '“Â with passengers advised that the closest bus stop isÂ Shirley Police Station.Â