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East Boldre Community Hall destroyed in overnight blaze




FIREFIGHTERS battled throughout the night to contain a blaze which destroyed a New Forest community building.

The alarm was raised shortly after 11pm yesterday (Tuesday) as flames tore through East Boldre Community Hall in Strawberry Fields, and crews from across the district and beyond were sent.

Fire crews spent the night tackling the blaze (Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service)
Fire crews spent the night tackling the blaze (Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service)

At the height of the incident there was around 50 personnel at the scene as the inferno raged.

Equipped with breathing apparatus and an aerial ladder platform, they spent several hours fighting to bring the emergency under control.

However, by the time the stop message came in around 3.15am this morning, the wooden structure had been gutted.

East Boldre Community Hall was gutted by the fire (Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service) (46642038)
East Boldre Community Hall was gutted by the fire (Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service) (46642038)

The cause of the blaze had not yet been established, according to a Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

“The building was destroyed in the fire that was extinguished using hose reels, jets, breathing apparatus and the aerial ladder platform after cylinders had been removed from the blaze,” the spokesperson said.

(Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service) (46646496)
(Photo: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service) (46646496)

“Firefighters continued to dampen down before the stop message came in at 3.13. One crew returned to the scene this morning to conduct a re-inspection, checking for any remaining hotspots.”

The flames were tackled by crews from Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Lymington, Hardley, Hythe, Lyndhurst and New Milton alongside support vehicles from Ringwood, St Mary’s, Romsey and Eastleigh. Hightown and Redbridge crews took over from some of the firefighters first on the scene.



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