East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have released further information about their operation to tackle a fire in the roof of a six-storey building housing up to forty flats for people over the age of 55. Fire crews were alerted at 8.38am on Sunday 28th July 2013.
The building - Marlborough House in Warrior Square - was evacuated. Two people were rescued. Around fifty firefighters are at the scene. Ten fire engines are in use, along with a water bowser, two aerial ladder platforms, a control unit and a control team.
The aerial ladder platforms are being used to fight the fire from outside. Six breathing apparatus are being used by firefighters inside the building.
A British Red Cross Fire Support Unit is there, along with Sussex Police and the ambulance service.
The first photo from a major fire in East Sussex shows thick smoke coming from the roof of the building at St Leonards on Sea. Eight fire crews are at Marlborough House on Warrior Square after they were called at 8.38am. Two people have been rescued so far. The building is now being evacuated.
It's believed the building houses a doctor's surgery and flats for residents aged 55 and above who require extra care.
Eight fire crews have been called to a major fire at St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex this morning. Marlborough House near the seafront is being evacuated after a blaze broke out at 8.38am. Two people have so far been rescued from the building which houses 40 flats for residents aged 55 and above.
Firefighters will return to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex later this morning to make checks following a heath fire that covered 20 hectares. At its height, nearly 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze, which started just before 2pm on 5th June 2013.
Sixteen fire crews comprising of about 80 firefighters are now on the scene of a fire in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex. The police helicopter is being used to direct crews on the ground.
There is a large fire in the Ashdown Forest, with 20 hectares of land alight. Ten fire engines from both East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue services are at the scene.
More to follow.