Sunday, 7 December 2014

Advice given as operation continues to tackle Newhaven fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will remain at the site of a serious fire in Newhaven throughout tonight (7 December 2014).

The Service was first called at 10.30 am on Friday 5 December 2014 and at the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene. Around 200 tonnes of household waste was involved.

As of 16.00, four fire engines are on scene at Skip It Containers on North Quay Road, along with an aerial ladder platform and a water carrier.

Cordons remain in place. The Fire and Rescue Service plans to meet with the Highways Agency and Sussex Police in the morning to discuss whether the cordons can be changed or lifted to allow greater access to the area.

The town remains affected by smoke, which is causing problems with visibility on the roads.

If you know of a vulnerable person living in the Newhaven area, we ask that you give them a telephone call to ensure they are aware of the following advice from Public Health England.

“Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.  Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111. Smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma."

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service continues to work with other organisations including the Coastguard, the RNLI, the Environment Agency, Sussex Police and Lewes District Council.

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