Evacuation after fire in block of flats in Eastbourne

ESFRS attending an incident. Leslie Street. Photo by Dan Jessup.
ESFRS attending an incident. Leslie Street. Photo by Dan Jessup.

People and animals had to be evacuated from a block of flats in Eastbourne after it caught fire last night, according to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters rescued three people and led a further six people and two dogs to safety after the four-storey building in Leslie Street filled with smoke, a fire spokesperson said.

According to the fire service, one person was taken to hospital by paramedics but everyone in the 14 flats was accounted for in the incident, first reported at 10.15pm.

Three fire crews from Eastbourne and Pevensey used a large ventilation fan to clear the smoke along with six breathing apparatus and two hose reels.

The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental but no further details as to where it started are available at this time, a fire spokesperson said.

Firefighters stood down at 11.20pm with investigation work continuing through the night, the spokesperson added.

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