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Investigation into blaze which gutted garage near historic pier

The blaze started in a nearby building at 6am on Monday, in the town near Southampton.

Fire investigators are to probe the cause of a blaze which gutted a commercial garage next to a historic pier.

More than 50 firefighters were scrambled to tackle the fire which broke out at the premises next to Hythe Pier, near Southampton, Hampshire, at 6am on Monday.

The passenger ferry service was suspended for about an hour while large amounts of smoke blew across the pier.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said that eight fire appliances attended the fire which was fully extinguished by midday.

He said: “With flames emanating, two sets of breathing apparatus, three jets, two hose reel jets and the aerial ladder platform were all utilised.

“Our fire investigation team is due to be attending the site later.”

Hythe Pier was opened in 1881 and features the oldest continuously-operating public pier train in the world.

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