Firefighters were tackling a blaze this afternoon in the roof of an old children’s home in Brighton – now used as flats.
Four fire engines were sent to The Residence – formerly St Gabriel’s – at 18 Wellington Road, just off Elm Grove, in Brighton, at just after 1.30pm today (Sunday 8 September).
The building was evacuated and everyone was accounted for, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.
The cause of the fire will be investigated.
The building – next to the new block of council flats known as Balchin Court – is one of the only surviving 1850s villas in the street.
The fire service said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews are at a fire on Wellington Road in Brighton.
“We were called today at 1.33pm to reports of a roof fire.
“Four fire engines were sent at the start of the incident.
“As of 2.20pm, one was being “released” – and three fire engines will remain at the scene.
“All persons have been accounted for.
“A fire investigation will be carried out in due course.”