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Evacuation after major fire

Eight fire crews have been called to a major fire at St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex. Marlborough House near the seafront has been evacuated after a blaze broke out this morning.

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Fire crews scale back operation at care home

Smoke from the rooftop fire at Marlborough House care home in St Leonards

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have scaled down their operation at the scene of a fire at a care home in St Leonards-on-Sea.

At the height of the blaze at Marlborough House in Warrior Square more than fifty firefighters were involved in the operation, along with eleven fire engines, eight breathing apparatus, three aerial ladder platforms and other equipment.

The fire broke through to the roof - with smoke seen for miles

The building was evacuated at about 8.30am with around fifty people including 32 residents led to safety. Two had to be rescued form the building. Nearby properties were also evacuated. A fire investigation is underway.

Many of the roads near Warrior Square were closed off because of the fire

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