23.4.17 Portsmouth fire fighters praised for saving blazing chippy


Eight crews were scrambled to the Britannia chip shop in The Hard, Portsmouth, after a fire started in the kitchen.

The blaze sparked in the deep fat fryer on the ground floor and spread up a flue, threatening to torch the two flats above.

Smoke poured from the chippy and the flats as more than 30 fire fighters from Southsea, Fareham, Portchester, Cosham and Havant flooded the area, backed by police and paramedics, they sealed The Hard and a small section of Queen Street as they rushed into the building.

About a dozen fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus fought through the smoke as people inside the building were evacuated.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics. Fire fighters inside used two water jets and three high-pressure hose reels to put out the blaze.

Emergency services closed the road at the bottom of Queen Street, while investigating the fire.

Fire fighters using the aerial ladder platform were seen checking neighbouring roofs.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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Registered Office:  Southwold House, 66 Botley Road, Park Gate, Southampton, United Kingdom

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