Witnesses today described the dramatic scenes as fire ripped through a dry cleaners in Southsea.
They said that a series of small bangs similar to gunfire were heard as the blaze took hold at Impress Dry Cleaners in Albert Road.
Sally Barker, who lives in nearby Leopold Street, said: ‘The noise of the blaze woke me up at around 6am.
‘It sounded like three gunshots - bang, bang, bang! I don’t know how well the fire was started by then but I looked out of my bedroom window and could see firefighters in the road.’
Her daughter, Hermione Troke, 12, said: ‘I was really scared. I turned on the lights to see what was going on and there were lots of firefighters in the road.’
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