Fire destroys industrial unit in Fair Oak


Reader Photo

An industrial unit off Allington Lane was totally destroyed by fire yesterday evening.

The fire broke out at about 4.20pm within a vehicle repair workshop but blaze escalated into a major incident after an acetylene welding cylinder exploded.

Ambulances and police cars raced to the scene close to Allington Manor but there were no casualties despite the 1,500 square metre steel and brick single storey building completely burning down.

Six appliances and 42 firefighters using breathing apparatus and three water jets prevented the blaze from spreading to other industrial units and buildings nearby which were only slightly damaged by smoke. The fire was fully extinguished by 7.30 pm.

A local resident who took photos of the scene for Eastleigh News described how he could see a thick column smoke from Fair Oak.

Reader Photo

Reader Photo

Members of the e Fire Brigades Union had been scheduled to take part in a strike on Saturday evening as part of an ongoing depute over proposed changes to their pension arrangements but the action had been postponed following progress in negotiations .

  9 comments for “Fire destroys industrial unit in Fair Oak

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    An Eastleigh News reader told me he thought he heard the gas cylinder explode as he drove past – but it was only the sound of his thermos flask falling off the dashboard as he braked

    • kev
      October 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      you need to realise serious injury could had occured here ….lets put this giant size thermos flask in your house !!!!!

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        October 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Yes, as the report makes clear it was a serious blaze requiring six appliances and 42 firefighters but fortunately no one was hurt and the blaze was contained.

  2. kerry
    October 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    EBC will probably now commandeer the site and put 600 more houses on it.

  3. anonymouse
    October 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good idea Kerry. Allington Lane is a much more suited site for development than the other daft proposals. Let’s reinstate Allington Lane for building – there’s nothing worth saving there, not even enought votes to make a difference to the Lib Dems.

  4. Pete Stewart
    October 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Despite the cuts to our Fire Service since 1973, I say we STILL have the best Fire Service in the World.

  5. kev
    October 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    this was a serious occurance ….and if you think the proprietor after all these years will sell up to allow building …you really dont know what your talking about

  6. Peg Leg
    November 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Houses cannot be built on this site. In 2003, EBC carried out an environmental land assessment at this once farm. It was found that the land is very badly contaminated with heavy metals. In fact, traces of mercury were found to be 460 times higher than supporting land, now used as a Car Boot Sale site.

    Heavy engine waste oil was also found to be seeping into the water table from this site and there has as been serious watercourse contamination caused by the lands current use.

    It was also found that the land gave above national average readings for radioactive ground contamination.

    So any hope of selling this land for any other use is pointless. The cost of decontaminating this land would be millions.

  7. November 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Kev, since when have Eastleigh Council given a monkeys what people think or want?

Comments are closed.