Major fire in the Old Town area of Hastings

One person has been taken to hospital after a major fire last night in the Old Town area of Hastings. The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but many were evacuated as 40 fire fighters fought the blaze.

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Police appeal for witnesses after Hastings fire

The blaze broke out just after midnight Credit: Nigel Hammond / Twitter

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a major fire in Hastings last night. A 66-year old woman living in Marine Parade jumped from a second floor window and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with critical injuries to her legs and body.

Several residents from adjacent properties, including a building in George Street, were safely evacuated and given assistance by the local authority. The fire is currently being treated as unexplained.

Detective Sergeant Suzy Joseph said: 'We would like to speak to any witnesses, and in particular to three people, believed to be men, who held out a bedsheet or duvet to the woman had thrown down, to try to break her fall. They left the scene without giving us their details.'

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