At 18:58 on Friday 11th January, firefighters from Lewes, Roedean, Brighton, Hove and two engines from West Sussex were called to a fire in a second floor flat in a high rise building on Donald Hall Road, Brighton.
Crews were confronted by a significant fire but due to their quick initial actions were able to get to the flat and rescue the occupant who was then handed over to the care of SECAMB. Four other residents were also assisted from the building by the fire service. Crews advised the remaining residents to stay put inside their properties until the scene was made safe.
Firefighters used ten breathing apparatus, one jet and two hose reel jets to finally extinguish the fire. At 20:21, the incident was brought under control after crews ventilated the building and had carried out welfare and home safety checks on all remaining residents.
A fire investigation is due to take place on Saturday 12th January.
The incident highlighted excellent multi-agency collaboration with colleagues from Sussex Police, SECAMB, Brighton & Hove Buses, Brighton & Hove City Council and our colleagues at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
This incident highlights the importance of a working smoke detector as yet again, this is what raised the alarm and prompted calls to the Fire and Rescue Service.
Did you know?
You are at least 4 times as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven't got a working smoke alarm.
A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
For more information on smoke alarms visit: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/fire-safety-at-home/smoke-alarms/
Home Safety Visits
Did you know that East Sussex Fire and Rescue offer free home safety visits?
Our specially trained staff will visit your home and give you advice on how to reduce the risk of having a fire.
For more information about this service please visit: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/