Crews from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are continuing to deal with a major incident on Bognor seafront. We were called to a smell of smoke at 3.47am on Sunday 20th November. The first crew was on site by 3.55am.
We had 14 appliances dealing with the fire on The Esplanade, close to Lennox Street. Crews have been working in extremely difficult conditions. Although part of the building was derelict, 30 people were evacuated from adjoining flats.
We are working in partnership with a number of agencies, including Arun District Council, and have support from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex County Council's Resilience and Emergencies Team and our own Technical Rescue Unit.
Lead officer at the scene Adrian Murphy said: "This incident has taken place in the midst of a major storm and it was difficult to stand when we arrived on the seafront. Our crews have worked extremely hard in very challenging conditions with support from a number of other agencies.
"Our key priority now is to work with the displaced residents to get them safely home as soon as possible."
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