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Fifty firefighters tackling rooftop blaze at retirement flats

Fire at retirement flats in Sussex
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.

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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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