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Weekend incident round up 5th - 6th December

Date : 08 December 2020


Over the weekend, East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended a variety of incidents:-

Chimney fires

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people to take extra care when they have open fires, after two incidents at the weekend.

·       At 20:03, (5th December) Rye firefighters attended a residential property on Gun Garden, Rye following reports of a chimney fire. Crews used a chimney kit to extinguish the fire.             

·       At 23:37, (5th December) Uckfield firefighters attended a residential property on New Place Close, Uckfield following reports of a chimney fire. Crews used a chimney rod to extinguish the fire.

How do I know when I have a chimney fire? 

·       A loud roaring noise, which occurs as massive amounts of air are sucked through the appliance or fireplace opening and used to oxidize the combustible fuels within the system.

·       Sparks and flames seen shooting from the chimney top, which can be firework like in appearance.

·       A glowing or shimmering appliance outlet or connector.

·       Vibrating appliance, outlet or connector.

·       Flames visible through any tiny cracks in the outlet or connector.

·       Smoke and odours noticeable in adjoining rooms or the loft space.

·       The heating up of the chimney breast or flue pipe, in the same room as the appliance and also other rooms that the flue passes through.

What to do in the event of a chimney fire 

·       Put the spark guard on and call 999.

·       REMEMBER - If it is left unattended, a chimney fire can spread into the rest of the house.

·       Some people fear that they will be charged for the Fire Service to attend a chimney fire - this is not true. 

Chimney Fire Prevention Tips 

·       Make sure your chimney is swept regularly

·       Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:

  1. Smokeless fuels - at least once a year    
  2. Bitumous coal - at least twice a year   
  3. Wood - quarterly when in use  
  4. Oil - once a year
  5. Gas - once a year (Any work on gas appliances requires a Gas Safe registered installer/engineer) 

·       Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained

·       Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers

·       Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house

·       Ensure good quality fuel is used

·       Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks

Other incidents Saturday 5th December

·       At 10:19, firefighters from Preston Circus and Hove attended a residential property on The Drive, Hove following reports of persons shut in a lift. Crews released one person from the lift.             

·       At 12:04, firefighters from Roedean, Preston Circus and Hove attended a residential property on Park Street, Brighton following reports of persons shut in a lift. Crews released two people from two separate lifts.             

·       At 13:32, Eastbourne firefighters attended an RTC involving two cars on Central Avenue, Eastbourne. One person was handed over in to the care of SECAMB and crews made the scene safe. 

·       At 13:58, firefighters from The Ridge and Hastings attended a fire on Oakhurst Close, Hastings. Firefighters used one Hose Reel to extinguish the fire.     

·       At 15:30, firefighters from Eastbourne attended a residential property on Devonshire Place, Eastbourne following reports of persons shut in a lift. Crews released one person from the lift.             

·       At 18:42, firefighters from Preston Circus attended a residential property on Western Road, Brighton following reports of persons shut in a lift. Crews released one person from the lift.             

·       At 19:39, firefighters from Battle, Bexhill, Roedean and Preston Circus attended a rescue from height at Brighton Marina. One person was handed over in to the care of SECAMB.

Other incidents Sunday 6th December

·       At 09:35, firefighters from Preston Circus attended a small washing machine fire on Varndean Drive, Brighton. Firefighters made the scene safe.     

·       At 12:55, firefighters from Rye and The Ridge attended a fire on Ferry Road, Rye. Firefighters extinguished the fire and made the scene safe.     

·       At 13:01, firefighters from Hove attended an animal rescue on Goldstone Villas, Hove. Firefighters used an airbag to release one fox and one dog  

·       At 13:22, firefighters from Rye and the Ridge attended a residential property on Tower Street, Hove following reports of persons shut in a lift. Crews released one person from the lift.             

·       At 17:01, firefighters from Hastings attended a fire on Moorhurst Road, St Leonards. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.     

·       At 20:16, firefighters from Rye, Broad Oak and The Ridge attended a fire on Peasmarsh Road, Beckley. Firefighters used four breathing apparatus and two main jets to extinguish the fire.


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