ISLE of Wight Southampton Football Club fans will be disappointed to learn their club's game against Preston has been postponed.  

UPDATE: Isle of Wight firefighters are among those called to the scene.

A major fire in the St Mary's industrial estate has put paid to The Championship fixture, which was fixed for 7.45pm tonight (Wednesday).

Eighteen fire engines were at the scene of the blaze, which involved four industrial units just yards away from the ground.

Red Funnel's extra sailings tonight, originally for Saints fans travelling to and from the game, will remain on the timetable. 

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"Southampton Football Club regrets to announce that tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match against Preston North End has been postponed,” said a spokesperson for the club.

"The decision was made after consultation with the local authorities and emergency services after a major fire broke out in a building next to the St Mary’s Stadium site earlier today.

"The incident has caused significant disruption in the area with road closures around the stadium still in place as fire crews continue to deal with the situation. 

“We are grateful for the cooperation of Preston and the EFL, 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."