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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Thirty-two residents evacuated from care home fire

Sussex Police have said that 32 residents along with staff were evacuated from a fire that took hold in a retirement complex in St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings this morning.

The residents are being temporarily rehoused at a local church hall while Hastings Borough Council works with the care home to make more long term arrangements.

Up to fifty firefighters and ten fire engines remain at the scene of the blaze - Marlborough House in Warrior Square.

"Emergency services were alerted and our officers entered the building to support fire and rescue colleagues in evacuating the residents, many of them with restricted mobility.

Fortunately no one is reported injured although three people have been taken to hospital - a man as a precaution and a woman to access medication. A third person has reported feeling unwell. I appreciate that this has been quite an ordeal for those concerned and we are working with partner agencies to ensure they are supported and cared for."

"The site is cordoned off and the area between London Road and Norman Road has been closed while the building is made safe."

– Inspector Phil Hogan, Sussex Police

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