Flying marquees, shop fire and collisions in busy day for Worthing firefighters

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THE MONTAGUE Centre in Worthing town centre was evacuated this morning after a fire in a card shop (Sunday, August 10).

Firefighters were called to Clinton Cards at 10.20am to deal with a small fire, which started in a light fitting.

The shop and Montague Centre was evacuated while the scene was made safe.

The call was one of many for the fire service today, as they attended a range of calls.

At 11am, they were called to the A24 Washington roundabout, where a car had overturned on the northbound carriageway.

Watch commander Darren Wickings said: “An elderly gentleman was trapped in his vehicle and we helped to release him. He was taken to hospital with what is believed to be only minor injuries.”

The remnants of Hurricane Bertha failed to have a major impact on the town, with only one weather related call attended by the service.

They were called to Harfield Avenue at 10.55am, where a large marquee had been blown out of a garden.

Mr Wickings said: “The marquee was probably 10x25ft and was blown loose in the high winds.

“It had travelled over several gardens, damaging trees and clotheslines, so we had to disassemble that to make it safe, which took us around 30 minutes.”

A tree was also blown over in Wykeham Road, Worthing, smashing the rear windscreen of a car. The fire service were not called to the scene, however.

In other calls, firefighters rescued a care home staff worker from a broken lift in Mill Road at 10am, while later, at 3.15pm, they helped paramedics evacuate an elderly man, who had become unwell, from his house in Copthorne Hill, Salvington.