A huge fire has broken out in Portswood.
Firefighters have been tackling the blaze which started around 3pm this afternoon.
The fire occurred close to ‘Clean Getaway’ car wash services. Hampshire Police state that the fire was in a disused building. 35 firefighters attended the scene using breathing apparatus.
Porchester Police stated that their crew in Southampton are ‘currently dealing with factory fire involving cylinders’ after being called out at 15.25pm
The area has been cleared and the road shut to both vehicles and pedestrians between blockbusters and Lodge Road due the smoke’s potential toxicity. One policeman stated that the gases ‘are chemical form’ but gave no further information.
Police officers are calling on residents on Shakespeare Avenue and Livingstone Road checking their safety and well-being. Locals are being told to stay indoors until the police come to state that it is safe to leave the building. Officers said they were unsure about plans for evacuation at this time. Police and other emergency services are reportedly wearing masks.
The U6, U6C and Bluestar 2 bus services have been affected and diverted.
Burgess Road was also shut between Glen Eyre and The Avenue, due to a separate incident involving a car accident.
Closures are set to remain in place for the next two hours.
The cause is unknown as yet.