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Fleet Services M3 Fire In Hampshire, Destroys Restaurant And Closes Motorway

Fire believed to have started in a coffee machine.

15/12/2016 09:33 GMT | Updated 15/12/2016 14:46 GMT

A fire that closed part of the M3 in Hampshire overnight and destroyed a restaurant, reportedly started in a coffee machine. 

More than 50 firefighters attended the blaze at Fleet services which started around 10.30pm Wednesday and led to police closing the southbound carriageway of the M3.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “It started in one of the restaurants in the services and it spread from there, but we have stopped it from spreading throughout the whole building.” 

No one was injured in the blaze which was brought under control in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Rushmoor Fire Crews tweeted that all of its firefighters had left the scene by 6am. 

The Mirror reported that it was thought that the fire started in a restaurant coffee machine.

SomersetLive said Thursday that early morning travellers were facing delays on two motorways serving the south west and that, as of 6am, one lane of the carriageway was closed.

Police said Fleet services M3 soutbound would be “fully closed” until at least lunchtime. 

The services between junctions 4a and 5 were opened in 1973 and include a food court, petrol station and hotel, the BBC reported. 

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