More than 100 firefighters have spent the night tackling a major fire that left the Southbound Service at Fleet Services on the M3 in Hampshire gutted. At one point. Police closed both the north and southbound carriageways at the service area after smoke threatened visibility to drivers. Guests at the Days Inn were advised to stay in their rooms and to keep all windows and doors closed.
Crews from across Hampshire and Surrey were called to the Welcome Break services at about 10.30pm on Wednesday night (14 December). A staff member at the KFC called the fire service to raised the alarm to say that a coffee machine had caught alight.
A nearby fire crew from Hartley Wintey arrived on scene first and had to call for back up as the fire took hold of the restaurant area breaking out through the roof. Fire crews could be seen attempting to stop the spread of the inferno that looked like something out of the Bunsfield Oil Fire. At some points in the evening the flames shot 30 foot up in the air. Crews’ efforts were also hampered due to the low pressure water supply in the area. Seven water carriers were called on and are now working in relay bringing water to the scene.
A Hazardous Area Response Team from South East coast Ambulance has been on standby throughout the night at the incident.Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have said that there were no injuries or casualties.
No-one was injured in the incident but there is significant fire and smoke damage to the building.
‘An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.’
Hampshire Police have said : Lane one of the M3 Southbound remains closed this morning between the Fleet services on and off slip. This is to allow Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to continue to deal with a fire in a building at the services safely