Friday, 31 January 2014

Fire at St Matthews Gardens was accidental

A fire investigation at the scene of a serious fire in St.Matthews Gardens has found that it was accidental.

Two children and a woman were led to safety after their home caught alight in Hastings yesterday afternoon. (30 January 2014)





Crews were called out at 14.58 and remained there throughout last night.

At the height of the incident, six appliances were at the scene. Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two jets and a hydrant to tackle the blaze. 

The children and woman were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

Fire investigation underway at St. Matthews Gardens



A fire investigation is being carried out at the scene of a fire in St.Matthews Gardens this morning (31st January).

Crews remained at the incident throughout the night where they have been damping down and checking for any hotspots.

The incident is currently still on-going this morning.

Six appliances were sent to the fire at the detached house in Hastings yesterday at 14.58. 

 By 15.44 the incident was under control and the Aerial Ladder Platform was used for observation and breathing apparatus crews were withdrawn from the incident and the property ventilated.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and tackled the fire with two main jets. They led a woman and two children to safety, who were then taken to the Conquest Hospital where they were treated for breathing in smoke. 


Two people and a dog rescued from car trapped in water

Firefighters have rescued two people after reports their car was trapped by three foot of water.

Crews were called out to Littlington Road in Littlington last night at 18.34 (30 January 2014).

They helped the people - and their dog - to safety.

There are no reports of injuries.



Fire at shop in Brighton causes severe smoke logging

Firefighters from Hove and Preston Circus have put out a fire at a shop on Western Road in Brighton.

Crews were called out at 16.20 on 30 January 2014 to the four storey building, containing one shop and three residential properties.

They used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to tackle the fire before clearing heavy smoke using a PPV fan and cutting away fire-damaged areas.

There are no reports of injuries.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Fire in St. Matthews Gardens, Hastings



On 30th January at 14.58, East Sussex Fire & Rescue received a call to a detached house in St. Matthews Gardens, Hastings.

Two fire appliances from Hastings Bohemia Road and The Ridge along with an Arial Ladder Platform were dispatched to the scene.

Crews confirmed the ground and first floor of the property were well alight.

Additional appliances were sent from Bexhill and Battle. Further appliances were then sent from Bexhill and Rye. The Incident Command Unit from Lewes was also dispatched along with the Fire Victim Support Unit.

Crews used four breathing apparatus, two jets and a hydrant to tackle the blaze. Three people were led to safety by crews

At 15.44, an informative was received outlining the incident was under control, the Aerial Ladder Platform was in use for observation, breathing apparatus crews had been withdrawn from the incident and ventilation was in progress.

Aerial ladder platform used in Brighton flat fire

Firefighters from Preston Circus and Roedean tackled a flat fire at Bloomsbury Place in Kemp Town, Brighton on 29 January 2014.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to the four storey property at 08.25.

The fire was in a flat on the third floor of the building.

Crews used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel as well as the aerial ladder platform to put the fire out.

An investigation was carried out and the cause was found to be accidental.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fire in Belbourne Court, Bread Street, Brighton




Crews from Preston Circus responded to a fire alarm sounding at a property in Belbourne Court, Bread Street, Brighton, on 29th January at 03.31am. 

Firefighters confirmed that a consumer electrical unit was on fire and that the first floor of the property was heavily smoke logged. 

Four breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet along with a main jet were used to extinguish the fire. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to disperse smoke from the property.

One female casualty was conveyed to hospital by Ambulance suffering the effects of smoke inhalation

Fire Sprinkler Week, 3rd – 9th February



East Sussex Fire Authority is fully supporting Fire Sprinkler Week, 3rd – 9th February 2014.

Currently in its first year, the new Fire Sprinkler Week aims to raise awareness and understanding about fire prevention and control.

Fire sprinkler systems save lives. They respond to heat and once activated, a sprinkler delivers water directly to the fire and can set off an alarm to evacuate occupants and alert the Fire & Rescue Service. Not every sprinkler head goes off in the building when there is a fire – just those close to the fire. It is common for just one or two sprinklers to control a fire until the fire service arrives.

Once sprinkler systems are installed you hardly notice them, they require very little maintenance and will protect your property if a fire occurs with minimal damage, far less than a fire would otherwise cause.

Buildings can be re-built but a life time’s collection of personal belongings such as photographs can never be replaced.

Richard Fowler, Head of Business Safety, said: “Controlling a fire as it starts is much better than repairing the damage after it has spread.

“East Sussex Fire Authority actively promotes the use of fire sprinklers. We see so much damage and destruction following a fire that is preventable. There are many misconceptions about sprinkler systems being expensive to install but the cost of sprinklers is a small fraction of the overall build cost and of the likely costs associated with a fire.

“Installing sprinklers is particularly easy if you are building a new property or undertaking conversion work, but it is still entirely possible to retrospectively fit sprinkler systems into existing properties.”

Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority, Phil Howson, said: “East Sussex Fire Authority is calling on the Government to make it a legal requirement to enforce the use of sprinklers in new buildings and large-scale properties and to fit sprinkler systems in premises where ‘risk to life and loss of property are most significant.’

“Sprinklers can significantly help reduce death and injury from fire, reduce risk for firefighters, protect property and heritage and reduce the effects of arson. The greatest impact of installing fire sprinklers is likely to occur in schools, residential care homes, premises housing highly vulnerable residents and certain large commercial properties.

“Greater uptake of fire sprinklers would increase the U.K’s resilience and help ensure a continued economic recovery without the risk of unnecessary fires.

“Lewes District Council has followed East Sussex Fire Authority’s lead and has committed to installing sprinkler systems in all of its new build properties and we are hopeful that other councils will follow suit in due course.”