Firefighters tackle blaze on flat block roof

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VIDEO: RESIDENTS were evacuated from a block of flats after a fire broke out on the roof of the building.

Three fire engines, an aerial platform and an ambulance were deployed to Sheldon Court, in Bath Road, Worthing, at 11.15am today.

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Bath Road this morning  Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Bath Road this morning Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The fire happened while roofers were working on the building.

Watch commander Darren Wickings said: “As we were coming along the seafront we could see a huge plume of black smoke. We knew we had a significant job.”

The flats were being evacuated as the firefighters arrived at the scene.

“Around one third of the flat roof was well-alight,” said Mr Wickings. “Thankfully the damage is mainly superficial.”

One of the roofers was treated for smoke inhalation.

Ray Goodwin, 72, of Sheldon Court, said: “The response from the fire brigade was brilliant. We are on the ground floor, fortunately. Obviously, for the people on the top floor it’s a bit worrying.”