At 10.45am this morning (Friday November 16th) East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) was alerted to a fire at the Hastings Hire Centre on Menzies Road, St Leonards on Sea. The first crew arrived at the four storey building within five minutes and further crews were immediately requested.
ESFRS presently has ten appliances at the incident, crewed by firefighters from Hastings Bohemia Road, Hastings The Ridge, Bexhill, Battle, Rye, Lewes, Herstmonceux and Pevensey. Fire cover in Hastings and the surrounding area is unaffected.
The fire is now surrounded by firefighters tackling the blaze. Sussex Police and the ambulance service are also in attendance. One person has been taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, one person has been treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and two people have received precautionary checks at the scene.
The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown.