A portakabin in the centre of Eastleigh was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night in an incident the police are treating as suspicious.
Fire Crews with breathing apparatus form Eastleigh and St Marys were called at around 11.45pm to a building described by police as “a portakabin” just off the service road to the rear of H & T Pawnbrokers on Market Street.
The fire which is believed to have been deliberately started in a rubbish bin had spread to the roof space of an adjacent shop. Up to 23 fire-fighters were involved in extinguishing the blaze.
The building was destroyed as a result of the incident. Damage was also caused to a parked car including a flat above the shops – residents of the flat were evacuated and luckily no-one was injured.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail
Anyone with information should contact PC Dave Hollands at Eastleigh police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000.
Meanwhile the recently closed Curry’s electrical store next to the Pawnbrokers has had the front door smashed in.
The shutters to the front of the empty store have been prised up and the plate glass front door has been smashed to gain access – it is not clear if entry has been forced by people intent on stealing anything of value or by fire crews in connection with attempting to control the adjacent blaze.
It is not known if anything had been taken and the premises were still unsecure this afternoon with glass scattered all over the floor.