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We need your help to combat arson- Overnight incident round-up 18th September

Date : 18 September 2019


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Overnight, we attended four separate incidents in Bexhill which are believed to have been deliberately started:-

  • At 17:01, Bexhill firefighters attended a fire in the open on Down Road, Bexhill.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish a fire in hedgerow.
  • At 17:54, Bexhill firefighters attended a fire in the open on King Offa Way, Bexhill.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the fire. 
  • At 18:17, firefighters from Hastings and Bexhill attended a fire in the open on Down Road, Bexhill.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the fire.          
  • At 18:37, Bexhill firefighters attended a further fire in the open on Down Road, Bexhill. Crews used fire buckets to extinguish the fire.          
  • At 20:41, Bexhill firefighters attended a fire in the open on Down Road, Bexhill.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the fire.           

Arson endangers lives and divers valuable resources

Arson and deliberate fires are a serious problem for the Fire Service, the Police and the Ambulance Service. They endanger lives and divert valuable resources.

Arson is a criminal offence that can lead to loss of life and injury.  It can damage property and have a negative effect on the environment.  Arson often starts with a fascination for fire and progresses to lighting small fires but this can quickly escalate onto skips, cars, derelict properties and most disturbingly people's homes.

Last year, we attended 796 fires which were deliberately started.  We are working in partnership with Sussex Police, Crimestoppers, local authorities and neighbourhood watch schemes to reduce this figure.

We are working hard to ensure that the county is a safe place to live, work and visit. 

Inspector Jonny Hartley said: "Sussex Police has investigated the fires as having been deliberately started and possibly linked. No buildings were damaged and no one was hurt but officers would welcome any information concerning these incidents or who may have been responsible for them."

Further information

If you have any information regarding the Bexhill incidents, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or online.  You can also make an anonymous report using Crimestoppers

For practical advice on how you can play your part in combating arson, please visit: www.esfrs.org/arson

Other incidents

  • At 17:58, Eastbourne firefighters attended a fire in the open on Decoy Drive, Eastbourne.  Crews used a flexpack to extinguish the fire.             
  • At 18:57, Lewes firefighters attended Anchor Field, Ringmer following reports of a fire in the open.  Crews used fire buckets to extinguish the fire.     
  • At 19:54, Eastbourne firefighters attended a residential property on St Agnes Road, Eastbourne following reports of a tumble dryer fire.  The fire was out on arrival.  Crews used a Thermal Imaging Camera to confirm that the fire was out.  Crews then carried out a Home Safety Visit.  

 

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