Large fire on Lancing Industrial Estate


Firefighters remain at the scene of a large fire that broke out at a waste recycling centre in Lancing overnight. The fire is under control and there are no reported injuries.

The first of more than twenty 999 calls to the Rabbit Waste Management building in Chartwell Rd was received at 1:15am with fire crews from Lancing and Shoreham initially mobilised.

The fire was in a large building measuring 85m x 35m and containing more than 500 tonnes of wood chippings used for recycling.

The fire was attacked using ground monitors and jets with firefighters working hard to prevent the fire spreading to the rest of the building and plant room.

At its height the incident involved 10 fire engines, an Aerial Ladder Platform, two Bulk Water Carriers, and a High Volume Pump unit with West Sussex crews supported by colleagues from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The smoke from the fire is not believed to be toxic.

The incident has now been scaled down but is expected to be protracted with fire crews at the scene for most of the day.

Thanks to all the crews that attended for the way they tackled the fire to stop it spreading, and a special mention to our Control Operator colleagues for managing the busy mobilising and standby moves to help maintain fire cover across the county.

Follow WSFRS on Twitter @WestSussexFire for further updates


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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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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