Man rescued from 'severe' high rise building fire in Sussex

One man was rescued and another four people were led to safety after a fire at a high rise building in Brighton last night (Friday), East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Saturday, 12th January 2019, 1:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th January 2019, 2:08 pm
Crews tacking the blaze in Brighton

A fire service spokesman said the alert came in of the 'severe fire' just before 7pm, and eight fire engines from Lewes, Roedean, Brighton, Hove, and West Sussex were called to Donald Hall Road.

The spokesman said: "A man was rescued from the flat and taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Another four residents were given fire survival guidance and were assisted out of the building.

"Crews used ten breathing apparatus, one jet hose and two hose reel to extinguish the fire."

Crews tacking the blaze in Brighton

Residents caught up in the fire were 'advised to stay put' in the six-storey building by 'various specialist officers', as confirmed by the fire service.

The spokesman also revealed that the fire broke out from a bedroom of one of the flats in the building, which pictures suggest was in the second floor.

Roads in the area were reportedly blocked, whilst pedestrians were diverted to another path.

The fire service spokesman said the incident was controlled at 8.21pm and crews carried out welfare and home safety checks on all remaining residents.

Crews tacking the blaze in Brighton

It added: "Officers remain on the scene today [Saturday]. whilst fire investigation procedures take place."

Crews tacking the blaze in Brighton
Crews tacking the blaze in Brighton