Pirelli Fire Update

Two youths have been arrested on suspicion of arson following the fire at the former Pirelli, now Prysmian site in Eastleigh.

The fire started at 2.50pm yesterday afternoon, (June 13) at the derelict Pirelli Sports Club in Passfield Avenue.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and a joint investigation is being carried out between the fire service and the police.

Two local boys aged 15 and 12 have been arrested and are currently being questioned by police.

The Fire and Rescue reported the Dew Lane Social Club which occupied over 1,000 square feet as fully ablaze and collapsed.

3.07 pm. Having donned breathing equipment a firefighter runs to assist colleagues just as a crew from St Marys arrives.

Two main jets and one hose reel were used to extinguish the fire and eight firefighters wore breathing apparatus.

Eight fire engines attended from as far as Beaulieu and Portchester in addition to crews from Eastleigh, St Marys, Redbridge, Totton and Romsey many of which brought specialist equipment with them.

The crew fom Redbridge brought their Arial Platform

Crews were not stood down until almost midnight.

Standing to after fire brought under control.

PC Susan Bendon from Eastleigh police station said: “Those who deliberately start fires are running the risk of causing serious injury or death to themselves or others.

“It may seem like harmless fun but to those whose property is damaged, it is very inconvenient and often costly.”

The following video footage of the fire is courtesy of Matthew Myatt.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact PC Susan Bendon at Eastleigh police station on 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  1 comment for “Pirelli Fire Update

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    June 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I regret to say this is EXACTLY the kind of stupid behaviour I used to get up to with my schoolfriends in Eastleigh when I was a lad during the early 1970’s.
    It finally resulted in an appearence at Eastleigh Juvenile Court, a fine and being bound over.
    This was enough for me and my chums to see the error of our ways and we have all stayed on the straight and narrow since!
    This incident at Pirelli’s has been costly to operate and potentially very dangerous, but forunately no one has been seriously injured and the building was due to be demolished anyway.
    If the lads under arrest prove to be the culprits I hope they get the same chance my chums and I had, to face up to the potential consequences of ‘playing with fire’ without automatically copping a custodial sentence which can so often blight a young life forever.
    Hats off to the fire crews who attended BTW – Heros every one!

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