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Fire at local business in Eastbourne

Date : 14 March 2019

Fire Alarm Box

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on businesses to check their fire safety following a fire in Eastbourne.

We were called at 04.14 on 14 March 2019 to Marshall Road, to a single storey factory area and two storey office block. A fire alarm was sounding.

Crew commander Michael Holloway said:

“We found smoke coming from a machine in the main workshop area. We used one hose reel and two breathing apparatus to put the fire out.”

It’s believe to be accidental.

Eastbourne and Wealden Group Manager Pup Upton said:

“This incident could have been worse if the business did not have a working fire alarm system. We were alerted in time to make sure the fire didn’t develop. We would urge all businesses to check they have appropriate fire safety measures in place.”

Fire safety advice 

  • Have you checked you have an up to date fire risk assessment?
  • Have you completed any actions to improve fire safety?
  • Can you enhance your safety routines? 
  • Good housekeeping is good business -  maintain a clean, clutter-free, organised workplace that eliminates or greatly reduces the risk of fire and make sure your staff knows what's expected of them 
  • Train - and test - your staff on fire safety, ensuring they understand explicit plans, instructions, and routines


For more information and advice:  https://www.esfrs.org/business-safety/ 

You can also get free training from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. 

Introduction to Business Fire Safety is a half day course, full of information and guidance to help businesses manage their fire safety requirements.

Email saferbusiness@esfrs.org to find out more.


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