A fire has broken out at house on Lodge Road, Portswood.

Fire Lodge Road

The fire started at around 4:45pm. It is yet to be known how it started, but no one was hurt.

The fire broke out at 18 Lodge Road, a student house. One of the residents, second year History student Lia, told us:

I was in my room when it started, trying to have a nap. I could see loads of smoke and ran to the window. The garden ablaze and black smoke was seeping out of the roof. I ran next door and the fire brigade were here within five minutes. We got evacuated, I didn’t know what to take but grabbed my laptop.

There are currently four fire engines and two police cars at the scene. A command support group of firefighters has just turned up.

fire engine

A non-student resident from next door said:

I only realised it was going on when I saw the fire brigade outside, I looked in the back garden, saw flames coming out of the roof and heard tiles popping.

The road has been blocked off both ways causing gridlocked traffic in Portswood. A crowd has gathered.

Extra caution is being taken because of the petrol station just opposite that has been temporarily closed.

Lodge Road map

We will keep you updated as we hear more.

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