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.
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 .