Firefighters rescued a man from a flat in Hove after a blaze started in a stairwell. Twenty other people evacuated the building.
An investigation was due to start today (Tuesday 22 December) into the cause of the fire which damaged the entrance to the flats.
The fire service said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to the scene of a fire in Hove this afternoon.
“Three appliances from Preston Circus and Hove were mobilised to the scene in Nevill Avenue at 1.47pm on (Monday) 21 December.
“On arrival crews confirmed there was smoke issuing from the three-storey domestic premises with flames visible to the ground floor area.
“Crews used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire in a stairwell.
“One person was rescued using a ladder. A fire victim support unit was requested to support 20 people. No injuries have been reported at this time.
“A scene guard is in place and a joint investigation will take place with Sussex Police in the morning (Tuesday 22 December).”
Firefighters led six people to safety – four of them children – from a property in Meadowview, Brighton, on Sunday (20 December) evening just before 9.45pm.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances from Preston Circus and Roedean.
The fire service said that no one was injured in the kitchen fire which started in an oven.
Firefighters dealt with the blaze and left shortly after 10.20pm.
Five fire engines – from Hove, Preston Circus in Brighton and Roedean – along with the aerial ladder platform were sent to a flat fire in Hove on Friday (18 December).
The alarm was raised just before 9pm. The fire service said that crews used breathing apparatus and three jets to extinguish the fire in a top floor flat in Fourth Avenue.