Five businesses destroyed after high street fire

Fire, Uckfield High Street
Fire took hold in Uckfield's high street Photo:

A massive fire that spread rapidly along a high street in Sussex, destroying five businesses, is being treated as arson.

Youngsters were seen running from the scene seconds after the blaze started behind shops in Uckfield late last night. Two charity shops were among the businesses wrecked by the blaze which could seen for miles around.

Several homes were evacuated as the flames swept through the roof spaces above. Tom Savvides reports.