BREAKING NEWS: Explosion fears as large fire breaks out in Worthing

Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Picture by Eddie Mitchell

BROADWATER Bridge was closed for two hours overnight amid fears there could a “big explosion” caused by a blaze at a car repair workshop.

Firefighters were called to the unit in Bridge Road, Worthing, at 2am this morning (Friday, March 16) and arrived to see flames pouring out of the building.

Darren Wickings, watch commander for the incident, said there was “the potential for a big explosion” as the unit contained propane and other gas cylinders which “easily” could have exploded.

He added: “The crew did a fantastic job, and the business owners who were there at the time were very pleased the damage was minimised as much as possible.”

Two units either side of a the one where the blaze broke out were largely undamaged, while the unit itself was 50 per cent damaged by fire and smoke.

A section of Broadwater Road and Bridge Road were cordoned off until around 4.30am while crews from six fire engines tackled the flames.

A fire investigation officer is due on the scene this morning to look into what caused it.