Fire service urges residents to check their smoke alarms today

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to have working smoke alarms in their properties, following on from a recent fire.


Release date: 11 May

On Tuesday night Sussex Control Centre received a 999 call to a house on fire in Canada Road, Arundel. The fire was reported to be located in the roof space of the property.

Four fire appliances from Arundel, Littlehampton and Worthing Fire Stations were mobilised and arrived on scene in less than six minutes.

On arrival crews were confronted with a well-developed fire in the roof with smoke billowing from the roof and first floor. Fortunately the occupiers quickly alerted the fire service and evacuated the property.

Station Commander, Adrian Willard, said: “The occupiers were alerted by flickering lights and visual signs of fire in the ceiling. Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house to quickly extinguish the fire and prevented it from spreading to neighbouring properties. 

“The fire was believed to have started in the lighting on the first floor ceiling and caused extensive damage throughout the property.

“This incident highlights how important working smoke alarms are.  We urge everyone to check they have working smoke alarms and test them today. Smoke alarms really can make the difference between life and death in a fire”

Further fire safety advice can be found at or you can call 0345 8729 719.

Photo credit: Eddie Mitchell

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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