At 18:30 yesterday evening (Sunday 23 April) West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to reports of a property on fire in Pier Road, Littlehampton.
On arrival, crews found smoke issuing from the roof of the property and following an initial assessment the Aerial Ladder Platform from Worthing was requested to assist with firefighting. The fire was located on the first and second floor of the property and was extinguished using 22 breathing apparatus sets, three high pressure hose reels, and one main jet.
Station Manager Jon Mays, who was Incident Commander on scene, said: “This is a busy residential area and popular with visitors. Our main priority was to ensure the fire was contained and kept under control. Crews arrived on scene promptly and continued to work hard into the night to ensure surrounding properties and residents were protected from the effects of this fire.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to our British Red Cross colleagues for providing support to crews and local residents during this incident.”
Eight crews were involved in getting the fire under control; two from Littlehampton, one from Arundel, three from Worthing, one from Bognor Regis, and one from Lancing.
The fire was confirmed out at 23:02 on Sunday; however crews have remained on site throughout the night while a fire investigation continues. This is a joint effort between West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Sussex Police.
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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