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Blaze rips through youth centre

Fire scene
The blaze is under investigation (picture from Michael Finch)

A number of people have escaped from a youth club in Hampshire after a fire broke out.

Crews were called to the King's Arms club in the Courtyard Buildings in Heath Road, Petersfield, at 1254 BST.

About six people who were inside the building managed to escape unhurt. The fire was quickly brought under control.

Fire investigators are at the scene. John Callaghan from the youth club said he believed new equipment, including computers, had been destroyed.

Mr Callaghan, chairman of trustees, said the youth club was run every day and had about 400 members.


He added: "It is a disastrous, we will have to close for the time being.

"A couple of our youngsters opened a locked door in the centre and spotted the fire. They did the right thing and shut the door and got out.

"The main thing is no one is hurt and buildings and equipment can be replaced."

Mr Callaghan said the club, which is run with the help of volunteers, may have to be temporarily relocated.

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