The large blaze occurred in January 2019, affecting a car repair shop as well as a stables. Two men suffered burns due to the explosion in a Denmead workshop near Waterloovile.
A full investigation is currently taking place in order to understand the cause of the fire however it has been confirmed that gas cylinders were involved in the explosion.
Fire crews found a cylinder valve in a nearby field, shortly after the fire had been brought under control.
More than 50 firefighters, eight fire engines and an aerial ladder was used to tackle the fire.
Large amounts of black smoke could be seen from neighbouring areas while local residents were told to keep their windows and doors closed.
Photos released by Waterlooville Fire Station the following day, shows the buildings completely destroyed.
Eyewitnesses described the incident as:
“A huge explosion and a fire ball at least 50 to 60ft high”
While another witness added:
“We heard a massive explosion which shook the walls of the house. We ran outside into the garden to see the garage and the stables had gone up and were engulfed in the blaze”
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