East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is set to be at the scene of a serious fire on Eastbourne seafront for the remainder of today.
We were called at 08.52 (22 November 2019) after a fire started in the basement of the Claremont.
At the height of the fire, twelve fire engines were tackling the fire, along with a number of specialist vehicles including aerial ladder platforms and a high volume pump. We are now scaling back the operation.
Everyone was evacuated safely, thanks to the actions of hotel staff.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police and SECamb have been supporting the operation.
SECAmb have confirmed that at 09.03, they sent two ambulances, two response vehicles and their HART, Hazardous Area Response Team, to the fire. Six patients have been treated for minor injuries with one taken to Eastbourne Hospital with breathing difficulties.
Utility companies and Eastbourne Borough Council have also been assisting.
Incident Commander and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Andrews said:
“The fire spread from the basement through to the upper floors. The wind also caused some additional challenges and we needed to take water from the sea.
We will now work to ensure that the fire is completely put out. This will take several hours and so the roads in the area are likely to remain closed for the foreseeable future.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues from other agencies who have helped us deal with this complex incident.”
The building has been seriously damaged and will need to be examined by building experts before a decision is made about its future.
The cause of the fire will be investigated.
We will provide a further update around 5pm.