A helping hand for family who lost home


Kind-hearted residents in Seaford have clubbed together to help a family after their home was gutted in a blaze.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a fire ripped through a home in Vale Road, leaving its owners with nothing.

Since then, there have been several offers of helpfrom residents in the town.

This includes Lee Roberts and Carl Neale, who are currently running a campaign to help the homeless, and when they heard about the house fire they did not hesitate in setting about asking people to donate vouchers so the family can replace their lost items.

Lee said a father and daughter live in the property.

He said, “So far we have £60-worth in just two days and we spent £50 on Christmas presents out of our own money. We met the home owner and he’s in a mess but is getting through it. I’m just trying to do my bit for the community.”

Lee said donations must be in the form of vouchers as the organisation is not a registered charity.

Seaford Town councillor Sarah McStravick, said she was pleased to see residents coming together to help the family who have lost their home.

She said, “It is devastating to have any fire especially at this time of year. Any member of the Seaford community would reach out and want to help and support them. I know the whole community would come together and help. Seaford has one of those can do, volunteering spirits. I am pleased to be part of the community.”

Since the fire, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have been investigating the cause of the blaze. Firefighters were called to the scene at 4.53am on Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the fire service said they found a severe fire on the ground floor of the two-storey property. Firefighters from Seaford, Newhaven, Eastbourne, and Battle attended the scene. Firefighters used breathing apparatus, a hose reel and three main jets to tackle the flames.

The house has been completely gutted by the blaze. The front windows are missing and several slate tiles from the front of the building have fallen and lay in the front garden. The road was closed by Sussex Police as crews tackled the fire.

It meant buses were unable to serve the Chyngton Estate.

A woman was also treated by paramedics at the scene of the disaster.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said, “We were called at around 5.25am by the fire service. A woman in her 60s needed looking over as she was believed to be suffering from shock after a house fire.

“Our ambulance crew attended the scene and remained on scene to check that person over. She was not suffering from smoke inhalation or any injury and she was discharged by the ambulance crew.”

For more information about Lee and Carl’s campaign, or to contact Lee to donate to the family involved in the fire, search for Treats in the Streets on Facebook.