An investigation is currently underway following a fire in which six people were rescued and five then taken to hospital for treatment.
Four fire engines from Roedean, Brighton and Hove were called to Falcon Court, Swanborough Place, last night at 10.27pm, after a fire started in the second floor lobby area. The Lewes Control Unit also attended the incident and crews remained at the scene until 11.24pm.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reels to tackle the fire before leading the residents to safety, once smoke had been cleared from the building with the Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Mobilising and Communications Centre offered survival guidance to the residents whilst crews were on their way to the incident.
Station Commander Matt Elder has the following safety advice: “In the event of a fire always get out, stay out, and call the fire service out, if you can. People are two thirds more likely to die in a house fire if they don’t have a working smoke alarm fitted. Always plan your escape route so that you can act quickly in the event of an early warning of fire. ESFRS can provide free home safety advice and detectors, in certain circumstances, and so please contact your local fire station for further information.”