FIREFIGHTERS rescued a resident after a fire broke out at a Hampshire retirement home.
A man has been rescued and 50 resident evacuated after the fire broke out in Lee on the Solent.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of a fire at Hometide House in Beach Road, Lee-on-the-Solent this morning. Four pumping appliances from Gosport and Fareham attended the scene and were supported by the command and control unit from Portchester.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, used a ladder and jets to extinguish the fire.
Group manager Rob Cole, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, called it a "very severe fire… very hot, with arduous conditions".
He added: "There was lots of smoke, lots of flames, and obviously there's a need to get into the building to search for persons as quickly as possible.
"That took an awful lot of effort."
The resident taken to hospital was being treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.
“Crews managed to contain the fire to one flat and the resident has been taken to hospital as a precaution suffering from smoke inhalation”
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The fire started at about 10am and was extinguished at about 11.20am.