East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to repeat reports of smoke at a block of flats in St Leonards at 12.55 on 18 April 2014.
On arrival, crews found a fire in a large waste container at the bottom of a rubbish chute at the property on Stonehouse Drive.
It was causing smoke logging on several floors.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus while putting the fire out.
The fire was accidental.