We’re appealing for witnesses following a fire at a building in Southampton yesterday (March 26).
The fire was reported at 2pm at a vacant commercial property under construction in St Mary Street and we attended with our colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Due to the severity of the fire nearby homes and businesses were evacuated as a precaution as firefighters worked to get the fire under control.
There are no reports of anyone being injured as a result of the fire.
Our colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed last night that the fire is out but remain at the scene dampening it down.
Some residents were unable to return home last night due fire damge have been offered accommodation by Southampton City Council but all other residents were allowed to return.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and our investigations into what happened are continuing.
DS Marcus Baker said: “Understandably this fire had a big impact on the local community and we know that a lot of people came out to watch what was happening.
“Our officers spoke to people down at the scene but as our investigation into the cause of the fire progresses, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about what happened.
“If you or anyone you know was in or near the building before the fire started, any information you have could be vital to our investigation so it is important that you contact us.
“Finally, we know that a lot of people were filming the fire, so if anyone has any mobile phone footage that they haven’t yet given to us, please call.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting 44190105129, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44190105129.
In an emergency, call 999.