At 21:04 (9th Feb),firefighters from Hastings, The Ridge, Bexhill, Battle, Broad Oak and Pevensey were called to a fire in an industrial building on Drury Lane, St Leonards. An Aerial Ladder Platform was also requested to attend from Brighton.
As of 23:00 (9th Feb), a 200 meter cordon has been put in place. Local residents have been evacuated and local authorities have set up a temporary rest centre for those affected.
Update- 07:29 (10th Feb) - One appliance from Hastings is still in attendance. Residents are advised to keep their windows and doors shut.
Update- 10:23 (10th Feb) - The 200m cordon has been reduced to 60m. Officers are on scene using an Aerial Ladder Platform to assess the situation. Currently, the fire is under control with a small number of hotspots around the building. A safety assessment will take place over the next two hours. There is still some residual smoke in the area therefore residents are advised to keep their windows and doors shut.