Hospital fire gridlocks Winchester

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Fire crews have been battling a large blaze at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester – Eastleigh‘s nearest hospital. Regular Eastleigh News contributor Peter Williamson has sent in these photos live from the scene.

Peter was told the first fire appliance siren was heard at 3.45 and he counted 8 appliances,  about 6 ambulances and 6 police cars as currently present.

Smoke rising from MRI unit

Smoke rising from MRI unit ©eastleighnews.org.uk

It is not known if there are any casualties

The source of the fire was reported as a gas bottle storage area outside the MRI unit.

Fire crew arrive on scene

Fire crew arrive on scene ©eastleighnews.org.uk

Patients, staff and nearby residents were evacuated and Winchester soon became gridlocked in the rush hour as Romsey Road was closed to traffic.

It is understood the operation is ongoing and Police are advising drivers to avoid the area.

Photos: Peter Williamson

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