A woman in her 60s has been taken to hospital with spinal injuries after she jumped from a burning building in Hastings. More than 40 fire fighters were called to tackle the blaze at Marine Parade which broke out just after midnight.
A number of people have been left homeless after the fire spread in a row of terraced houses. Hastings Borough Commander Nigel Cusack, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said: 'It is obviously a distressing time for those whose homes and properties have been affected by this fire.
'Firefighters worked incredibly hard to limit the damage it caused and stop it spreading even further through neighbouring buildings. Building experts are now making the area safe so that a fire investigation can begin.'
More photos are emerging from a major fire in Hastings last night. This photo was taken by Inspector Lee Lyons of Sussex Police. The blaze broke out just after midnight in Marine Parade. One person has been taken to hospital. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Here are some of the first photos taken from a major fire in Hastings last night. They were taken by Nigel Hammond from the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Around 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze in Marine Parade. One person has been taken to hospital. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
One person has been taken to hospital after a major fire in the Old Town area of Hastings last night. At it height, 40 fire fighters tackled the blaze at property on Marine Parade which broke out just after midnight. The fire badly damaged the roof, the first and second floors of the building.
The building - which is in a row of seven terraced properties including homes and shops - is unsafe and a structural survey is being arranged. Crews remain at the scene. Traffic disruption is expected.
There was a major fire last night in the Old Town area of Hastings in East Sussex. The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but many residents were evacuated as fire crews fought the blaze. More details to follow.
Victory for Labour in the Hastings local council elections; runner-up place to the Conservatives but not such a good result for any of the other parties.
David Johns has our round-up, talking to Cllr Jeremy Birch (Lab), leader of the council; Cllr Robert Cooke (Cons); and Ralph Steven Atkinson from UKIP
In Hastings, half of the seats were up for election. At the end, Labour not only held onto control of the council but gained a seat as well, while the Conservatives lost one. UKIP, which showed a strong second place in many of the wards, nonetheless lost its only seat on the council.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out today (21st May) to reports of two people stuck in water in a culvert at Cinque Ports Way in Hastings.
An emergency call was received at 14.10, leading to a multi-agency response.
Crews from Bohemia Road and The Ridge fire stations attended the scene, with the aerial ladder platform being requested to assist.
Firefighters worked alongside Sussex Police, the Coastguard and Southern Water to search the area. As of 18.30 nothing had been found.It is expected that a further search will be made at low tide around midnight.
A lifeboat has been launched from Hastings to search the coastline following reports that two people may be missing. Dover coastguards say they are working with East Sussex Fire & Rescue service.