Crews remain at the scene of a fire at the Claremont hotel in Eastbourne.
The fire started in the basement in the seafront hotel just before 0900 this morning (22 November 2019).
SECamb have confirmed six patients were treated for minor injuries with one taken to Eastbourne hospital with breathing problems.
Everyone has been accounted for.
Neighbouring buildings have been evacuated and road closures remain in place as of 1700.
Utility companies are in attendance and power supplies are being isolated.
Building control are assessing the damage to the building and providing information to the fire and rescue service.
A rest centre has been set up by Eastbourne Borough Council at the Town Hall.
Incident Commander Doug Marshall said:
“We have downscaled our resources with five fire engines and one aerial ladder platform at the scene.
We will keep crews here throughout the night.
We are working with a number of other organisations including Eastbourne Borough Council, Highways, utility companies, Sussex Police and SECamb.
We would ask that the public remain patient with us as we work to bring this incident to a close.”
Multi-agency briefings are taking place and we would like to thank Eastbourne Pier for providing us with a location to meet. The Service would also like to recognise all those who have provided refreshments and other support to us.