Sussex theatre destroyed by fire

The Phoenix theatre and community arts space in Lewes has been destroyed in a huge fire.

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Blaze devastates community arts space

A theatre and community arts space in Lewes has been destroyed by a blaze. 70 fire fighters were called to the building on North Street yesterday evening. Andy Dickenson spoke to eyewitnesses Adrian Sunderland and Sebastian Letton, and Graham Gray from Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

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Fire at theatre believed to have been started accidentally

The Phoenix Theatre in Lewes was destroyed by a fire last night

The fire that destroyed the Phoenix Theatre & Studios in Lewes is believed to have been started accidentally by a wood burning stove on one of the upper floors, according to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

Up to seventy firefighters tackled the blaze last night. Crews were called to the scene shortly after 6pm. They managed to stop the fire spreading to other neighbouring buildings. The fire was out by 9.30pm, but crews remained at the site until 6am this morning damping down the embers.

Artists' work destroyed in huge blaze

Inside the Phoenix theatre before the blaze Credit: Phoenix website

A thriving community arts centre in East Sussex has been destroyed by fire.

The Phoenix Theatre and Studio was a popular venue for art exhibitions, theatre productions, fitness classes and workshops.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

A workspace at The Phoenix before the blaze Credit: Phoenix website

Seventy firefighters tackle blaze at community arts centre

A theatre and community arts space has been destroyed in a huge fire.

Around 70 firefighters from stations across East Sussex fought to save the Phoenix Theatre in North Street in Lewes and successfully managed to stop the blaze spreading to other buildings.

Fire crews were alerted to the fire at just after 6pm last night as the blaze happened just a matter of metres from the town's fire station.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown and many firefighters have only just left the scene more than 12 hours after the fire began.

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