POLICE have confirmed that an arson investigation is underway following a fire in the town centre on Friday morning.

The blaze took place in a building behind Kwik Fit on New Road.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: "It is understood to have been set deliberately.

"Enquiries are on-going."

The fire brigade were called just after 12.15am and one crew from Basingstoke were dispatched.

A ladder and one hose reel were used to extinguish the fire.

Police were at the scene and the fire was put out just after 1am.

A Gazette source said that firelighters, similar to those used on a barbecue, was found at the scene.

Another source told a reporter that police spent most of Friday morning on scene.