Young people evacuated in blaze drama

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MORE than 100 residents were evacuated from a centre for vulnerable young adults after a fire broke out.

Firefighters were called to Portsmouth Foyer in Edinburgh Road in the city centre at 10pm last night.

They tackled a small blaze, believed to have broken out in a bedroom, in the fifth floor of the seven-storey building.

All 108 residents of the Foyer and staff were evacuated while firefighters and police officers checked the site.

Acting Sergeant Nicky Cory of Hampshire Police said: 'There is no evidence of any suspicious cause - we think it was accidental.'

Seven fire engines from Southsea, Cosham and Havant fire stations were called.

The cause of the fire is not known and nobody was injured. Residents were allowed back in just before midnight.

Shane Whittacker, 19, said: 'I live two doors down from the room where the fire was. I was in my room listening to music when I could smell something like burning plastic. I didn't think anything of it until I saw a fire engine - that's when I thought it must be something serious.'

Jamie Foy, 16, said: 'I could smell something burning. The fire alarms went off straight away and I just came outside.'