FIRE crews battled a blaze that gutted a home in Meredith Road, Worthing, this morning (Saturday, September 22).
Minor injuries were caused to an officer who suffered a burn to the neck while tacking the incident, which broke out just before 11am.
A female resident was also treated at the scene for shock and was assisted by the Red Cross.
Four appliances attended the fire, including three from Worthing and another from Lancing.
Investigators have confirmed its cause was accidental, having started on the ground floor of the property in an electrical box under the stairs.
Incident commander Darren Wickings said: “We were called to the scene just before 11am and as we drew close to it we could see huge plumes of smoke, so realised this was going to be a major incident.
“There was a family of eight, including six children who had been at the property, but were outside when we arrived.
“We used breathing apparatus and two pressure hoses which took around an hour to bring the fire under control. The whole of the ground floor was severely gutted and there was damage upstairs as well.
“A woman received treatment for shock at the scene from the Red Cross emergency unit whom we work with and they are able to assist with finding accommodation for people.
An officer was injured and suffered a burn to his neck and was taken to hospital as a precaution, but he is fine now and has returned to duty.”