Follow link to safety advice

lightning SUS-141022-181721001
lightning SUS-141022-181721001
Have your say

When local lad Sean Eaton heard about the devastating flats fire, which left Hailsham people homeless and without possessions, he decided to take action.

The 11-year-old set off on a nine-mile sponsored walk to raise money.

Together with his mum Teresa and his sisters, Sean walked the Cuckoo Trail on Sunday, starting at Hailsham Fire Station and ending at Heathfield Fire Station.

Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Amanda O’ Rawe congratulated Sean for completing the challenge, which has raised more than £500 for victims of the blaze in The Diplocks.

Other Hailsham town councillors and staff have also rallied around to help the families affected by sponsoring Sean.

The fire started when lightning struck the block of flats and residents were quickly evacuated.

Two Good Samaritans, Sarah Louise Savill and Ema Verrecchia, set up a Facebook page for people to donate furniture, items, clothes and food to help those affected by the fire.

The items are being given to the six families who lost their belongings.

Donations have been flooding in from hundreds of local residents and businesses and have included sofas, fridges, dressing tables, wardrobes, clothes and food.

Residents believe it could be weeks before the families can move back into the building which is owned by Home Group.

Scott Black, Home Group’s Director of Customer Service, said. “The majority of our customers were able to return to their homes within a few days of the fire.

“Six customers who were in flats most badly damaged will not be able to return until repairs are completed. Damage to their homes was extensive including damage to a roof.

“These customers are being found alternative accommodation with the local authority. We’re continuing to stay in contact with all customers and offer them support.”

Thirty-five firefighters tackled the freak blaze using breathing apparatus to enter the building and tackling the flames with three main jets, two hose reel jets, two foam jets and a thermal imaging camera.