Fire investigators to probe blaze at Old Steine club

Posted On 24 Oct 2017 at 9:25 am

A fire at an empty club which closed the Old Steine as firefighters tackled the blaze is to be investigated this morning.

Several people called 999 at about 9pm last night when smoke was seen billowing out of the building next to Club Revenge, formerly Bloc and before that Vavoom.

Four engines and the aerial ladder platform were sent to the scene were firefighters found a fire on the ground floor of the five storey building, which has flats on the upper floors.

A fire spokeswoman said: “We received repeat calls at 9.09pm. We sent two fire engines from Preston Circus, one from Hove and one from Roedean along with the aerial ladder platform from Preston Circus to an address on Old Steine, Brighton.

“The building consisted of basement, ground floor and three other floors. Six breathing apparatus and two hose reels were used to put out a fire on the ground floor. A fire investigation is due to take place today.”

The blaze was one of several callouts in Brighton and Hove last night – but all the others were false alarms.

At 6.28pm, Brighton firefighters attended a false alarm in Stanford Avenue. This was due to an alarm system fault.

At 8.36pm, Roedean firefighters attended a false alarm in Rodmell Avenue, Saltdean. This was due to a fire alarm being triggered by fumes from cooking. A home safety visit was carried out.

At 9.06pm, crews from Brighton attended a false alarm at a university building on Lewes Road, Brighton. This was due to an alarm system fault.

At 1.32am, crews from Brighton attended a false alarm with good intent at a hotel in Ship Street, Brighton. The false alarm was caused by an overheated light fitting.

And at 4.38am, crews from Roedean attended a false alarm at Stanstead Crescent, Brighton.

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