UPDATE: House fire in Kingsmere

A severe bedroom fire at a house in Eastbourne on Tuesday afternoon has highlighted the importance of working smoke alarms, says the fire service.

Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 11:40 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:33 am
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Three crews from Eastbourne and Pevensey were sent to a residential property on Edmund Close, near Sovereign Harbour, following reports of smoke seen from a window. A quick-thinking neighbour called 999 after noticing the fire and managed to isolate the gas supply to the property. Following a fire investigation, the cause was found to be an electrical fault.

Eastbourne commander Pup Upton said, “The residents were incredibly lucky as they did not have a working smoke alarm and if this had happened in the middle of the night and they were asleep the outcome could have been very different. Thankfully, a neighbour intervened and contacted us, so we were able to respond quickly and prevent the fire from spreading throughout the house. Unfortunately, a hard-wired smoke alarm had been taken down because there had been a water leak but had not been reinstalled. This clearly highlights the importance that a working smoke alarm can’t be underestimated.”

“Thankfully, a neighbour intervened and contacted us, so we were able to respond quickly and prevent the fire from spreading throughout the house. Unfortunately, a hard-wired smoke alarm had been taken down because there had been a water leak but had not been reinstalled. This clearly highlights the importance that a working smoke alarm can’t be underestimated.

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“We would like others to learn from this unfortunate incident and that the key safety message is to ensure you have working smoke alarms and to test them regularly - if there are any defects get them fixed immediately.

“This afternoon crews have been carrying out a quick-strike and chatting with neighbours to offer relevant safety advice. However, if any Eastbourne residents are concerned about fire safety in their home then firefighters will be on-hand at a Community Safety Event at Langney Shopping Centre Tuesday April 17 10am-2pm.

“Please come and talk to us, we are here to help,” said the Eastbourne fire chief.

Photos by Dan Jessup.