HAMPSHIRE Police have launched an investigation after a substation caught fire in Popley last night.

The power station on Abbey Road caught fire at around 3.20 this morning, with one crew from Basingstoke attending.

After the fire was put out, police launched a suspected arson investigation this morning.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: "We were called just before 4am to a report of a fire at a substation in Abbey Road. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance.

"We are now investigating the cause of the fire."

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident, and used a fire extinguisher and a hose reel to put the flames out.

The building suffered ten per cent damage, and the gas company have been informed.

A spokesperson for HFRS said: "The call came in at 3.23 this morning. It was one crew from Basingstoke that went along, on Abbey Road.

"One substation was involved in the fire and it was extinguished using a fire extinguisher and a hose reel.

"The stop message was at 4.08am, the police have been informed."

The spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary continued: "Anyone who saw anything suspicious can call 101, quoting 44200017216. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."