Smoke from the roof of the Old Basing house fire

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Firefighters were called to tackle a house fire in Old Basing this afternoon.

The alarm was triggered by a member of staff at the nearby bakery who saw smoke coming from the roof, prompting the property to be evacuated safely.

Crews from Basingstoke, Rushmoor, Hartley Wintney, Andover and Eastleigh were present just before 3 p.m. Upon arrival, they found the roof was well lit and used four hose reel jets and the overhead ladder to fight the fire.

Fortunately no one was injured, but the roof and part of the first floor were badly damaged.

Station manager Simon Forster, the incident commander, said: “The fire is believed to have been caused by solar panels on the roof.

“Our thanks go to The Street Bakeshop who stayed open to allow us to use their facilities and who saw the smoke and rushed in.”

Bakery owner Tim Goodwin said: ‘Two members of my team, Jared and Emily, saw the smoke billowing from the roof and ran to make sure the owners daughter got out. They were able to make sure she was safe and no one else was there.

“Then Sonia and Natalia from my team stayed and kept the store open for firefighters. I’m really proud of my team.

By 5 p.m., teams had begun recovering items from the house and were winding down. The stop message was received shortly after 6:30 p.m., with the incident reduced to two fire engines and aerial ladder.

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