Fire breaks out in high-rise block in Brighton

Posted On 16 Sep 2016 at 10:06 am

Fire crews spent more than three hours tackling a blaze in a high-rise block of flats in Brighton in the early hours of this morning (Friday 16 September).

A crew returned to Essex Place in Montague Street, Kemp Town, at breakfast-time this morning to carry out an inspection.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “Six appliances from Roedean, Preston Circus, Hove and Newhaven and the control unit from Lewes were mobilised to the scene at 1.01am on (Friday) 16 September after reports of a fire on the 15th floor of a 17-storey block of flats in Essex Place, Brighton.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using three hose reel jets extinguished the fire and then ventilated the area before leaving the scene at 4.43am.

“No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

“One appliance is returning to the scene for a re-inspection this morning.”

A fire on the 13th floor of Essex Place in February claimed the life of community activist Chris Cooke who lived in the block.

  1. Bob Pendlebury Reply

    Just as well this didn’t occur on the beleaguered Brighton i.360 (aka eye.sore) as the emergency services would have been unable to reach them.

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