Three people have been arrested for arson with intent to endanger lives following a large fire in Uckfield High Street on Sunday night. The blaze was started outside a shop belonging to the charity Sense at around 11pm, and spread to neighbouring buildings.
An eighteen-year-old man and two seventeen-year-old boys are in police custody.
Sussex Police and fire officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of a fire which led to five businesses being destroyed. The blaze in Uckfield's high street led to homes being evacuated as flames spread through roof space. Officers are treating the incident as arson.
Local people in Uckfield have expressed their sadness and upset after hearing the news that a fire which badly damaged businesses on the high street was caused by an arson attack. Sussex Police say that someone set fire to a bin at the rear of one of the charity shops.
Our reporter spoke to Mandy Hutton charity shop manager and Kathlyn Stanley-Quist charity shop worker.
Sussex Police says that a fire which seriously damaged four buildings on Uckfield High Street was started deliberately.
It's understood that the blaze was started around 11pm in a bin behind the Sense Charity Shop.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information about who might have started the fire to come forward.
Moving pictures courtesy of Chris Lawson/Uckfield FM.
Eye witness Sean Inman captured the devastating impact of the fire on Uckfield High Street overnight. The cause of the blaze which damaged five businesses is still being investigated.
Eye witness Adam Ward captured the moment that a fire spread through four properties in Uckfield damaging five businesses in the process. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
A Meridian Tonight viewer Sophie Williams captured this image of a fire on Uckfield Hight Street in East Sussex.
Four buildings were damaged in the blaze overnight.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.