Huge fire breaks out only yards from Southampton's St Mary's Stadium just hours before Championship match

General view of St Mary’s Stadium (Getty Images)
General view of St Mary’s Stadium (Getty Images)

A large fire has broken out at a factory near to St Mary’s Stadium, just hours before Southampton are due to host Preston North End in the Championship.

The emergency services have been called to a factory on Melbourne Street in Southampton, with the roads surrounding St Mary’s Stadium currently closed as fire crews try to put out the large fire, which is emitting thick black smoke.

The fire is said to be in the former Greenhams building on Central Industrial Estate. Firefighters have warned residents who live nearby to keep their doors and windows shut.

Southampton have since confirmed the match against Preston has been postponed.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service said on social media: “Crews are tackling a fire affecting industrial units near St Mary's football stadium.

“People in the area are advised to keep windows and doors closed.

“Some roads local to the incident are closed and people are advised to avoid the area to allow movements of emergency vehicles.”

A second statement read: “Additional fire engines are now heading to the scene to make it up to 18. The fire is currently involves four industrial units. There is lots of smoke and people the area are reminded to keep doors and windows closed.”

The smoke from the fire has been spotted by locals in the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.