Officers from Hampshire Constabulary appealing for witnesses following a fire at a building in Southampton earlier today.
The fire was reported at 2pm at a vacant commercial property under construction in St Mary Street and we attended with our colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Due to the severity of the fire nearby homes and businesses were evacuated as a precaution as firefighters worked to get the fire under control.
There are no reports of anyone being injured as a result of the fire.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have tonight confirmed that the fire is out but remain at the scene dampening it down.
Some residents unable to return home due fire damage have been offered accommodation by Southampton City Council but all other residents have been allowed to return.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and our investigations into what happened are continuing.
DS Marcus Baker said: “Understandably this fire had a big impact on the local community and we know that a lot of people came out to watch what was happening.
“Our officers spoke to people down at the scene but as our investigation into the cause of the fire progresses, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about what happened.
“In particular, we’d like to hear from three men who were reported being on the roof of the building at around 12.30pm.
“We had several reports in relation to this and we are issuing an image tonight in the hope that we can identify them.
“If this is you, please call us so that we know that you are ok.
“If you or anyone you know was in or near the building before the fire started, any information you have could be vital to our investigation so it is important that you contact us.
“Finally, we know that a lot of people were filming the fire today, so if anyone has any mobile phone footage that they haven’t yet given to us, please call.”
If you have any information, please contact police on 101, quoting reference number 44190105129.
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