Championship game postponed after huge fire breaks out next to football stadium

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Championship game postponed after huge fire breaks out next to football stadium

Southampton’s match against Preston this evening has been postponed after a fire broke out next to St Mary’s Stadium.

Fire crews are tackling the blaze which broke out just after 1pm this afternoon affecting four industrial units in Marine Parade, Southampton.

It isn’t clear what caused the fire.

Southampton FC had been due to play Preston this evening in the Championship, as the Saints continue in their push towards promotion.

Crews at the scene of the fire in Marine Parade close to Southampton's St Mary’s football stadium

Crews respond to the blaze next to Southampton FC’s stadium

The football club said the fixture had to be postponed because the fire had caused “significant disruption” to the area.

They said the decision had been made after discussions with local authorities and emergency services.

They added: “We are grateful for the cooperation of Preston and the EFL [English Football League], and while we appreciate the disappointment fans may feel, we hope they will understand the need to put the safety of supporters and staff of both clubs first.

“The game will be postponed to a new date, which will be announced in due course, and all tickets for tonight’s match will be valid for the rearranged fixture.”

Several nearby roads have been shut and people have been advised to keep their windows closed to avoid smoke.

Footage showed the large fire sending black smoke billowing far above the neighbouring football stadium.

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Following the initial response, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue services dispatched more responders to try and tackle the blaze.

Hampshire Police said they were assisting with road closures, and the local fire and rescue service asked people to avoid the area if possible.

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