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Firefighters return to newly developed M3 services in Fleet

Fleet Services South - picture taken by Adam Goacher

Firefighters who battled to extinguish a fire at Fleet Services South almost two years ago have been back today, to see the service station's transformation.

Welcome Break has spent time demolishing and creating a new building ever since flames ripped through the services on the M3 in December 2016.

But last week the new service station, built in its place, opened to the public, bringing with it the introduction of 150 new jobs and upgraded facilities.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Group Manager, Jerry Leonard, was one of those who was first sent to the incident in 2016.

He says it was so tragic to see the extent of the damage, but he's so pleased the building's been brought back to life:

"Our plan was that we would attempt to save as much of the building as we could - and we did manage to save parts, but Welcome Break decided it was best to knock it down and redevelop.

"Today we've been able to see the transformation that's been made - and it's totally amazing."

Welcome Break's CEO, Robbie Bell, has told us he's delighted with the progress they've made in the face of what was a difficult situation:

"Two years ago we literally had scorched earth - and to see what we have is now is incredible.

"I'm totally proud of all who've been involved in the project."

(Pictures taken by Adam Goacher)

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