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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 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

Southborough flat blaze highlights danger of fire smoke

The dangers of fire smoke were highlighted early this morning after a television caught fire, resulting in two Southborough residents needing medical treatment for smoke inhalation.

Two fire crews were sent to flats London Road, Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, at 5.12am to tackle a fire in a first floor flat.

Firefighters entered the two-storey building wearing breathing apparatus and tackled a fire in the lounge of the property, using a hose reel jet. They used a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire was out and a positive pressure ventilation fan to remove smoke from the building.

The hard-wired fire alarm system in the flats had alerted residents to the blaze, and everyone was out of the property when crews arrived. However, a man and a woman, both in their early twenties needed oxygen therapy for the effects of breathing in smoke, after trying to smother the fire with a wet duvet.

They were passed to the care of ambulance crews for further checks. It is believed that the fire started in wiring to a television and had spread to nearby clothing. Fire damage was contained to part of the lounge and half of the flat was smoke damaged.

“Thankfully, the fire alarm alerted residents to this blaze, enabling them to get out and promptly raise the alarm, however we would ask people to consider the potential risks to themselves when they discover a fire in their home. While it is natural to want to try and tackle a fire yourself, it is easy to underestimate just how overpowering fire smoke can be. Just three breaths can knock you unconscious. Our advice is to leave the property as soon as you can to minimise the risk of injury, closing doors behind you where possible, to reduce the spread of smoke and to help contain the fire.”

– Tunbridge Wells firefighter Graham Knight
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