26.9.16 Fire 'in noisy generator' at new Romsey retirement flats


Fire damaged a new block of flats which had been the focus of complaints about noisy generators.

Crews were called to the retirement apartments on Duttons Road, Romsey, shortly after 19:30 on Monday 26th September.

The blaze started in a generator outside the property, the fire service said.

A number of residents who recently moved into the property were led to safety after neighbours spotted flames over the hedges and raised the alarm.

Neighbours previously complained they were being disturbed by generators brought in to provide power to residents during ongoing building work.

Following the complaints, the generators were housed inside wooden boxes.  An investigation into the cause is ongoing.

Four fire appliances and an aerial ladder were sent to tackle the blaze in Romsey.  Crews from Eastleigh, Redbridge, Romsey and an aerial ladder from St Mary’s responded to the blaze along with a hazardous area response unit from South central ambulance service. Further support vehicles from Hampshire Fire and rescue also attended the scene.

The fire damaged part of the balconies and fascias of three flats, Hampshire Fire Service said.

No residents were injured, but 21 people were found alternative accommodation following the fire.

Renaissance Retirement said it hoped to return residents to their property.

Last week, the firm was the subject of a noise abatement notice over the use of the generators.  It said it was working to resolve the noise issue as quickly as possible.

A spokesman added the health and safety of owners and residents was its "main consideration".

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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