Investigation into Rectory Road fire in Worthing to begin

A fire investigation unit will attend the scene of a fire in Rectory Road which has badly affected ten flats and five shops.

The fire service confirmed this morning that the operation to tackle the blaze in a block of flats above shops opposite The Thomas A Becket pub had been scaled down.

Ten fire engines were called to the scene at 6.38pm yesterday evening.

Crews had the fire largely under control by around 10.30pm but remained at the scene dampening down hotspots through the night.

Click here to watch a video of the fire service tackling the blaze.

Two fire appliances and an aerial ladder platform remain at the scene.

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene last night

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene last night

PICTURES: Drone photos show the full scale of the blaze

A spokesman for the fire service confirmed that 25 per cent of the roof had been damaged by fire along with 25 per cent of the second floor.

The fire investigation unit will be attending the scene today.

Rectory Road remains closed this morning south of the Thomas A Becket pub.

People are being warned to allow extra time for journeys.

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Residents affected by Rectory Road fire being looked after by relatives and the council