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Firefighters continue to tackle huge blaze at industrial estate

Firefighters are tackling a huge fire on an industrial estate 24 hours after it first started.

Eight fire engines are at the scene at the Skip It containers yard in Newhaven.

The fire started last night Credit: Eddie Mitchell
The fire started last night Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Eight fire engines are dealing with the blaze Credit: Eddie Mitchell

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Fire engulfs industrial site in Sussex

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire on an industrial estate in Sussex. The emergency services are still at the scene of the blaze, which broke out at a containers yard in Newhaven on Friday morning. A cordon has been put into place around the site. There are no reports of any injuries. An investigation is underway

Plumes of smoke over Newhaven Credit: Daryl Willcox

Fire crews tackle huge house blaze

70 firefighters were tackling the blaze at its height in Fordingbridge Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

An investigation will get underway this morning into what caused a fire which destroyed part of a house in Hampshire.

At its height, at least 70 firefighters were at the scene in Fordingbridge. The family living there reportedly escaped unharmed.

On arrival crews were faced with a large detached property with the first floor and roof well alight.

Hampshire crews with the support of crews from Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services worked together to contain the fire and stop fire spread to other properties.

The impact of this incident on the community is minimal due to the rural location.

The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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Farmers urged to check safety measures after Rotherfield fire

The blaze at Rotherfield Credit: Ed Paterson

Farmers in East Sussex are being urged to check their fire safety measures after a large blaze in Rotherfield last night.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued the warning after two large barns - containing 1,000 tonnes of hay and silage - became an inferno.

Four fire engines - from Crowborough, Mayfield, Heathfield and Uckfield - were dispatched to the scene at Town Row at 5pm.

One crew was still tackling the fire this morning. An investigation is underway to find out the cause.

Woman and two children rescued from house fire

The scene of the blaze at Gosport Credit: Sam Holder

Firefighters rescued one female and two children from a house fire in Gosport earlier this morning.

Working smoke alarms awoke the female at 04:08 this morning and alerted her to a fire in her home which was blocking the front door.

The woman dialled 999 and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Control operators gave fire survival advice over the phone. The advice given was to get herself and the children into one room, close the door, open the windows, and hang something out of the window so that crews could locate them quickly.

On arrival, firefighters from Gosport and Fareham pitched ladders to rescue the two children while a breathing apparatus team rushed into the building.

Home safety advice saves lives

Firefighters were called to a fire at assisted living flats in Thornhill, Southampton this morning.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a fuse box in one of the first floor flats. While firefighters tackled the blaze, control operators gave fire survival advice to the elderly residents.

Five people aged between 65-80 were treated at the scene and one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

As part of its older persons campaign Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is working to make life safer for older people. Hampshire residents are asked to assist an older person they know by raising awareness of basic life-saving fire safety measures, for example checking that they have a working smoke alarm.

HFRS and the Blue Lamp Trust had both previously visited this location to give vital home safety advice to the residents.

“Residents were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm. This is a vital reminder for everyone in the community to have a working smoke detector, and to check the alarms of older people that may find it difficult check their own. This is also particularly important with electrical safety week on the horizon (10-16 November) which will form part of our older person’s campaign. Electrical fires can happen at any time, you could save a life by testing an older person’s smoke alarm when you test your own. It is a simple but effective way to give the person peace of mind and help them remain safe in their own home.”

– Incident Commander, Glenn Bowyer

During its three month older person’s campaign, HFRS will be visiting many different locations and taking part in numerous events, namely; guest callers at local bingo halls and older person lunch clubs.

All campaign events can be found on the HFRS website:www.hantsfire.gov.uk/events.htm Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the following advice:

  • Test the batteries of your smoke detector once a week: more than 75% of house fires had a fitted smoke alarm but less than half activated because of missing batteries and defective alarms
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and unplug appliances when not in use
  • Check old cables and leads and never place cables under carpets
  • Test electric blankets regularly: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service hold regular blanket testing sessions at public venues in partnership with Trading Standards. Call 023 8062 6809 for more information
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