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Block of flats in Brighton destroyed by fire

The fire broke out at around 8:30pm last night on Pankhurst Avenue in Brighton. Photo: @OBDroning

A huge fire has destroyed a block of flats in Brighton.

The fire broke out at around 8:30pm on Friday evening at Pankhurst Avenue near Brighton Racecourse. There are no reports of injuries.

The entire top floor of the three-storey block was ablaze with people living in the area to close their windows and doors.

Residents spent the night at a community centre. Credit: ITV Meridian

Ten fire engines were on the scene with crews from Brighton, Roedean, Hove, Lewes, Barcombe, Newhaven, Crowborough, Uckfield and Seaford attending.

All evacuated residents were provided with temporary accommodation at a local community centre.

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Local resident, Oliver Button told ITV Meridian the wind was fanning the flames over the roof space but praised the work of East SUssex Fire and Rescue.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven also tweeted his reaction to the fire.

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue said two appliances and an aerial ladder platform were at Pankhurst Avenue on Saturday and expect to have a presence there for most of today.