Three crews from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were sent to a kitchen fire in Bexhill in the early hours of this morning (9th September).
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building, consisting of two floors, following reports of people trapped inside at 00.45am.
Crews tackled the fire within the first-floor flat wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reels and one main jet. Neighbouring buildings were evacuated due to the severity of the fire.
Everyone was accounted for and one person had to be treated for breathing in smoke. One elderly woman was taken to hospital via ambulance.
A further inspection was carried in the roof area, as well as in the adjoining property’s roof space and a Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan was used to clear smoke from the building.
Firefighters spent time cutting away and checking for any further pockets of fire and remained at the scene until 4.37am
Both Sussex Police and SECAmb attended the incident, along with UK Power due to two of the flats suffering electrical damage.
A fire investigation was carried out and the cause was found to be accidental.