21.8.17 Fire involving cars and garage breaks out near Shirley high street


Residents have spoken of their horror as the fire ‘leapt’ over walls and took hold of the building, which is now likely to be demolished.

Crews from Eastleigh, St Mary’s and Hightown raced to Lumsden Avenue in Shirley to battle the blaze at the tyre garage.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service stated crews were sent to a commercial garage fire involving cars.  Six appliances were sent and there were about 40 fire fighters tackling the blaze.  

No one was inside the building, which has been 100% affected by the fire.  It's unlikely the building can be repaired.  Around six or seven vehicles have been damaged.

Residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed due to smoke and asbestos in the roof of the garage.

Shirley Road was closed between Howard's Road and Janson Road and as a result, Bluestar and First Southampton busses were diverting bus services.  

The road was reopened at around 12pm with bus services returning to normal.

The official cause of the blaze remains under investigation, despite it being treated by fire fighters as accidental.  Hampshire Constabulary stated that the fire was being treated as non-suspicious.

story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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

Company number: 07810000