Police investigate three men seen on roof of building just before a massive fire started in Southampton city centre
Fire crews were still on the site this morning dampening the fire down
After over 70 firefighters were sent from across Hampshire to tackle a blaze which broke yesterday afternoon between between Kingsway and St Mary's Street, it has now been reported that police are investigating three men who were seen on the roof of the building before the fire started.
The fire started on the fourth floor of a tiber-framed building which is under construction. It then spread to the roof of a neighbouring block of flats in St Mary's Place, which was evacuated.
The South Central Ambulance Service, a rapid response vehicle and Hazardous Area Response Team were called to the scene.
As of yet no casualties have been reported.
Both St Mary's Street and A33 Kingsway have been shut following the fire and people are being asked to avoid coming near the area.
Some residents from the neighbouring buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Hampshire Police also advised surrounding buildings to keep their doors and windows shut.
Although fire crews are still on site, it was reported that the fire was finally put out late yesterday evening but they remain at the scene dampening it down.
DS Marcus Baker posted a statement last night: “Understandably this fire had a big impact on the local community and we know that a lot of people came out to watch what was happening.
“Our officers spoke to people down at the scene but as our investigation into the cause of the fire progresses, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information about what happened.
“In particular, we’d like to hear from three men who were reported being on the roof of the building at around 12.30pm.
“If this is you, please call us so that we know that you are ok.
“If you or anyone you know was in or near the building before the fire started, any information you have could be vital to our investigation so it is important that you contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 44190105129, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.