Monday, 7 October 2013

ESFRS offers condolences following fatal fire in Eastbourne

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service's thoughts are with the family and friends of a woman who has died following a fire in Eastbourne.

Three fire crews from Eastbourne and Pevensey were sent to the property in Darley Road, Eastbourne, yesterday (6th October) at 1.50pm and remained at the scene until approximately 8pm.

A full search of the property was carried out by six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus who used two hose reels and 1 in 7 foam to tackle the fire.

An 85-year-old woman was rescued by firefighters but was unresponsive. Both fire service and ambulance personnel tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her. Police have been in contact with her next of kin.

Following the incident a full fire investigation was carried out and the cause was found to be accidental ignition.

Fire Investigator, Richard Fowler, said: “This is a really tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who died. The incident is not being treated as suspicious”.

Local crews from Eastbourne will be in the area offering free fire safety advice, undertaking home safety visits and, where appropriate, fitting smoke alarms to surrounding properties.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service provides free home safety visits across the county and will fit free smoke alarms where appropriate. For more details, please call 0800 1777069.

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