At 2.05pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday February 22nd) East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received a call regarding a fire at a house at West End, Herstmonceux.
Crews from Hailsham and Battle were immediately dispatched to the scene. The Mobilising and Communications Centre received a repeat call about the incident, and subsequently mobilised an additional appliance from Bexhill.
Upon arrival ESFRS crews used breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to control the fire and perform search and rescue operations. One elderly woman was rescued from the property but, sadly, died at the scene.
The cause of the fire, which is not thought to be suspicious, is unknown and is currently being investigated by ESFRS fire investigation officers and Sussex Police.
Mark Matthews, ESFRS Borough Commander for Wealden, said:
“This is a tragic incident and the thoughts of the firefighters, and everyone at ESFRS, are with the lady’s family and friends at this difficult time.”