Rowfant Business Centre fire


Release date: 26 June 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service remains at the scene of a fire that burnt overnight in a business park at Rowfant, near Crawley Down. The service received the first of over ten emergency calls to this incident at 01:15 this morning (26 June). At its height, 12 fire engines were in attendance with firefighters and officers working hard throughout the night to control the blaze.

The complex incident involved tankers of diesel and heating oil. Crews from WSFRS were supported by colleagues from East Sussex, Surrey and Gatwick Fire & Rescue Services to bring the fire under control and minimise the spread of the blaze. Crews were supported by specialist appliances including Water Carriers, the Aerial Ladder Platform, and WSFRS’s Incident Command Unit.

The fire, although causing a large plume of smoke, was located in an unpopulated area and there was no evacuation of residential properties.

Adrian Murphy, Incident Commander, added; “Our crews are still on scene this morning and we continue to work closely with the Environment Agency and other partners to protect the surrounding water course. Our priority now is to make this scene safe. I would like to thank all of our crews, and our colleagues from across our borders, for their hard work throughout the night to contain what was a very complicated incident. At this stage it remains too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, an investigation is ongoing.”

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.

Photo: ©Eddie Howland.

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