Tuesday, 5 March 2013

House fire spotted by passers-by

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire after smoke was seen issuing from the roofs of two semi-detached houses in Eastbourne.

Four fire engines, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform were sent to Moy Avenue, at 2.14pm on 1st March.

The fire was spotted by two passers-by, who raised the alarm and alerted the occupier.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building with a thermal imaging camera and hose reels. Cordons were also set-up at the rear of the property, to enabled roof tiles to be removed in order to ventilate the loft space.

The fire is believed to have started in the loft space and had spread to the adjoining property.

The fire was located and extinguished within 25 minutes of the Service being notified of the incident.

Incident Commander Mark Marsden said: “The confined space within the loft made firefighting difficult and arduous. The crews did very well in speedily gaining access to the loft, locating the fire and extinguishing it, with the minimum of water damage being sustained to the rest of the property.”

Crews remained at the incident until 5.34pm. A fire investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire, which damaged the roof trusses and ceiling joints.

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