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Police investigate mystery blaze that destroyed Totton shed company building

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The blaze at Solent Sheds on the A36 Salisbury Road in Totton (Photo: Joanne Sturgess)
The blaze at Solent Sheds on the A36 Salisbury Road in Totton (Photo: Joanne Sturgess)

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the cause of a blaze at a shed building company’s warehouse in Totton.

As reported in the A&T, around 30 firefighters battled to contain the inferno which engulfed Solent Sheds, a detached building used for storage and manufacturing, on the A36 Salisbury Road.

The emergency services were alerted at around 5.30am last Thursday and crews from Totton, Redbridge, St Mary’s and Eastleigh spent nearly three hours containing the emergency.

The electricity supply to the building, which was believed to contain cylinders, was isolated but by the time the flames had been extinguished, the building had been completely destroyed.

A caravan and two vehicles were also burnt out.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police confirmed it was working alongside Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s arson task force team. The spokesperson added: “Enquiries are ongoing.”

After hearing about the fire, concerned Waterside resident Daniel Rushmer, who is not connected to the business, set up a Go Fund Me page with the aim of raising £1,000 for the company.

He wrote: “Sadly on the 10th January Solent Sheds had a fire causing a lot of damage, this is just to help a company that have been helping people for years.”

The owner of the business, Lee Roy Coombs, who is thought to have been trading for 30 years at the site, was unavailable for comment.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call police on 101, quoting 44190010847.

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