FIREFIGHTERS successfully tackled a first floor flat fire in Rowlands Road, Worthing, this afternoon.
Police and firefighters at the scene have confirmed that the fire was started deliberately.
The call came in at 3.36pm and a crew from Worthing Fire Station tackled the blaze using two breathing apparatus and one hose reel.
The occupants of the flat are believed to have escaped unhurt before firefighters arrived.
Gillian Carroll, 32, was playing on her tablet in her partner’s flat, above the targeted property, when the incident happened.
She said: “All I heard was a smash and then a rubber burning smell. My partner breathed in smoke. There were six hamsters, a cat and a dog in there as well.”
Rachael Haynes, 28, was also in the flat above and is six months pregnant.
“They told me to get checked over but I was nowhere near the window where it happened.”
The blaze was fully extinguished at 3.58pm.
Watch commander Roy Barraclough said: “It appears it’s been deliberately started by something being put through the window. Five people left the building as a result of the fire. No-one seems to have been seriously injured.”