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Shoppers evacuated in fireball drama

Shoppers evacuated in fireball drama

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DOZENS of Eastleigh town centre shops are without power after a blaze at a power substation.

Witnesses described seeing a fireball then billowing smoke could be seen coming from the doors leading to the electrical hub between the Leo Leisure Bingo hall and Sainsbury's, on Leigh Road.

Staff and customers at the supermarket had to be evacuated as smoke started filling the store from the ceiling.

The incident at 10am attracted a crowd of concerned onlookers.

 

 

Two fire crews had taped off the area and have been on the scene, using ventilators to clear the smoke.

Crew Manager Justin Lee, said everyone was out when they arrived and did not believe anyone had been injured.

He said that workers from Scottish and Southern Energy were on site at the time and quickly left the building, reporting a fireball - he said as far as he knew it had been caused by a false circuit.

Parts of Market Street and Leigh Road remain without power in the town centre, including the UKIP by-election campaign headquarter.

More than than dozen stores have also been forced to close.

Simon Phillips, area manager for Leo Leisure, said the smell of smoke had reached the stairs, but the main hall remained unaffected but the main problem was a lack of power.

He said not opening today could cost the business in the region of £4,000.
Witnesses have told of their surprise at what happened.

Pete Charles, 52, of Eastleigh, said: “All we heard was a bang and the door blew open from the force of the blast, then a bloke came out afterwards, then I saw a big fireball.

“I thought someone might have got killed or injured.”

David Skinner, a baker in Sainbury's, said: “It sounded like somebody was drilling in the wall, the lights were flickering.
“The lights went out and smoke started coming in.”

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11:58am Wed 27 Feb 13 jade25 says…

It's a shame it didnt burn the whole of Eastleigh town center down!! ha.

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12:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13 bernard7 says…

So how much damage was it? £10 tops?

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12:47pm Wed 27 Feb 13 knittingnanna says…

Eastleigh's not that bad x

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12:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13 chrisja says…

What a pathetic story...

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12:58pm Wed 27 Feb 13 ToastyTea says…

oh noooo not the bingo hall, who plays bingo anyway jeeez.

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1:06pm Wed 27 Feb 13 G0Rf says…

Eastleigh just cant keep its self out of the news

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1:09pm Wed 27 Feb 13 Big Mac says…

Smoking and fa*ting – never a good combination

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1:12pm Wed 27 Feb 13 Mr E says…

Election Fever in Eastleigh has reached Flashpoint then!

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1:41pm Wed 27 Feb 13 Ozmosis says…

"attracted a crowd of concerned onlookers" - alternatively called a crow of nosey parkers

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2:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13 TwistedWitch says…

Pity some of the electoral candidates and the pm were not standing in front of it at the time

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2:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13 S!monOn says…

jade25 wrote…

It's a shame it didnt burn the whole of Eastleigh town center down!! ha.

But that would eliminate one of your fav shopping destinations.... you'd only have Shirley left.

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2:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13 jade25 says…

S!monOn... Yeah of course its my fave, Poundland and Peacocks is amazing....HA!

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2:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13 sotonwinch09 says…

Eastleigh is a horrible disgusting place. I speak from experience as I live here!

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2:35pm Wed 27 Feb 13 S!monOn says…

jade25 wrote…

S!monOn... Yeah of course its my fave, Poundland and Peacocks is amazing....HA!

Hey, don't diss Poundland.... and Peacocks, well, what can i say? ;-)

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3:17pm Wed 27 Feb 13 rich the stitch says…

"He said not opening today could cost the business in the region of £4,000" Really! A cr@ppy bingo hall in Eastleigh would turnover £4k on a Wednesday.

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3:45pm Wed 27 Feb 13 car59 says…

The bingo hall is really nice and the people that own it. Just glad noone was hurt

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3:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13 Outside of the Box says…

Probably someone setting fire to all the dumped political flyers that have been distributed lately. No wonder the Green party aren't standing for election, they probably saved a tree or two or three or four

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5:43pm Wed 27 Feb 13 kingnotail says…

What a sh1thole!

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7:21pm Wed 27 Feb 13 befriendly says…

As a recent new comer to the area I have to thank all posters for their views on where not to go.

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7:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13 Huffter says…

Nice to know people are so concerned about local businesses.

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8:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13 vespaboy says…

- I wasin Eastleigh and experienced the Sainsburys "fireball" incident first hand at - this could easily have beed a fatality. THe SSE contractor was so very lucky. I was about 6 feet away - flames came out of the electrical plant room, a guy in a high vis jackets came running out, then there was a fireball and explosion - if that guy had been in the room just 2 seconds longer, he would be toast. If I had been a few feet closer I would be have been roasted too. Reported to HSE.

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8:56pm Wed 27 Feb 13 vespaboy says…

Some pretty assinine comments on here-this could have been a fatal incident.

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9:05pm Wed 27 Feb 13 J.P.M says…

vespaboy wrote…

Some pretty assinine comments on here-this could have been a fatal incident.

Isn't that what liddels put in their sausages??

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9:24pm Wed 27 Feb 13 angermanagement says…

it certainly was not nice having to go back into sainsburys to work after that ...the stench of acrid smoke in the back of your throat wasn't either...

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10:05pm Wed 27 Feb 13 elvisimo says…

J.P.M wrote…

vespaboy wrote…

Some pretty assinine comments on here-this could have been a fatal incident.
Isn't that what liddels put in their sausages??

Yes, along with the odd dictionary

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10:52pm Wed 27 Feb 13 chunky_lover says…

why were these people not at work?

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1:12pm Fri 1 Mar 13 samantha89 says…

ToastyTea wrote…

oh noooo not the bingo hall, who plays bingo anyway jeeez.

Clearly some people hence the bingo hall still bein opened. May not be ur cuppa t but some of us where concered as we have jobs there

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