A major fire at a house in Buxted is currently under investigation.
Six crews from Uckfield, Heathfield, Mayfield and Crowborough were called to the incident at 7.07pm on Friday (19th October) evening.
Crews remained at the scene until the early hours of the following morning and fire investigations continued until late afternoon the following day at 4.51pm.
Watch Commander Ian Ritchie said:
“The fire caused severe damage to the roof and the first floor of the detached property. Based upon information being received from callers East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Mobilising & Communications Centre increased the attendance to four appliances.
“This proved to be a good decision as on arrival crews were faced with the entire roof of a large house being well alight and partially collapsed. Neighbours could not confirm if anybody was inside the property and with a car parked in the driveway it was decided to commit a breathing apparatus team to make a quick search.
"However, they had to withdraw due to a further collapse but thankfully there was nobody in the house at the time. Crews fought for several hours to contain the blaze which spread through voids in a complex roof layout.
“We advise owners of larger homes to consider installing hard wired, linked smoke detection systems, which in this case may have alerted neighbours much earlier.”