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Thirty-two residents evacuated from care home fire

Sussex Police have said that 32 residents along with staff were evacuated from a fire that took hold in a retirement complex in St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings this morning.

The residents are being temporarily rehoused at a local church hall while Hastings Borough Council works with the care home to make more long term arrangements.

Up to fifty firefighters and ten fire engines remain at the scene of the blaze - Marlborough House in Warrior Square.

"Emergency services were alerted and our officers entered the building to support fire and rescue colleagues in evacuating the residents, many of them with restricted mobility.

Fortunately no one is reported injured although three people have been taken to hospital - a man as a precaution and a woman to access medication. A third person has reported feeling unwell. I appreciate that this has been quite an ordeal for those concerned and we are working with partner agencies to ensure they are supported and cared for."

"The site is cordoned off and the area between London Road and Norman Road has been closed while the building is made safe."

– Inspector Phil Hogan, Sussex Police


Fifty firefighters tackling rooftop blaze at retirement flats

Fire has broken through the roof at retirement flats in St Leonard's-on-Sea

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.

Fire in roof at seaside care home

Marlborough House on fire at St Leonards on Sea

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.


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