9.4.17 Fire rips through flat in blaze at Southampton's Redbridge Towers


Police have released a woman who was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after more than 50 fire fighters tackled a blaze at one of Southampton's tallest tower blocks.

Officers say they the 28-year-old woman from Southampton remains under investigation.

Seven ambulances and dozens of police officers were also called to the scene on Sunday afternoon as the fire ripped through 19 storey Redbridge Towers.

Smoke and flames were billowing out of the 12th floor of the building at around 5pm.

Hundreds of spectators and worried family members and friends gathered near the base of the 187ft tower, scared for their loved ones’ safety, while they watched fire fighters tackle the inferno.

Officers also cordoned off the road, directing traffic away from the area.  Residents of the block on the opposite side to where the fire took hold were seen on their balconies trying to catch a glimpse of the incident unravelling around them. 

One person had to been treated for smoke inhalation.

By 6.30pm there was no more smoke coming from the building although it was not known what structural difficulties might have been caused by the blaze.

The incident comes just days after the seven-year anniversary of the Shirley Towers fire, which claimed the lives of St Mary’s fire fighters James Shears and Alan Bannon.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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