Hatherley Road Fire: Suspected Arson
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Hatherley Road Fire: suspected arson. The Winchester Hatherley Road fire is now being described by emergency crews as “not an accident” – and is now being treated as suspected arson.
Crews were met with a severe fire back in August when they attended an incident on Hatherley Road in Winchester.
The fire broke out at a property under construction at 04:30 on 22 August and crews from Winchester, Eastleigh and St Mary’s responded.
Hatherley Road Fire: suspected arson – Investigation Continues
Andy Earl is the Fire Investigation Officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service: “A joint agency investigation in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary was launched immediately to determine the cause of the fire.
“This investigation is still on-going, but, at this time, the investigation has ruled that the fire was not started by an accidental ignition source such as faulty electrics or by any of the on-site staff who had been working at the property the previous day.”
The scene investigation was carried out by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Specialist Fire Investigators, the Fire Investigation Support Unit, Fire Investigation Search Dogs, Hampshire Constabulary Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives.
Both Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary are investigating this incident as a suspected arson attack.
(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue)