Fifty firefighters battle Warrior Square blaze

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FIFTY firefighters are currently tackling a serious fire at the top of a care home in Warrior Square, St Leonards.

Crews were called out to Marlborough House, a six-storey building, at around 8.30am, and around 32 elderly residents have now been evacuated along with staff.

Fire at Marlborough House, Warrior Square, 28/07/13

Fire at Marlborough House, Warrior Square, 28/07/13

At least 50 firefighters are at the scene. Ten pumps are in use, along with a water bowser, two aerial ladder platforms, a control unit and control team. Police and paramedics are also on site.

The aerial ladder platforms are being used to fight the fire from outside and six breathing apparatus are in use by firefighters inside the building.

Inspector Phil Hogan, of Sussex Police, said: “Emergency services were alerted and our officers entered the building to support fire and rescue colleagues in evacuating the residents, many of them with restricted mobility.

“Fortunately no one is reported injured although three people have been taken to hospital - a man as a precaution and a woman to access medication.

“A third person has reported feeling unwell. I appreciate that this has been quite an ordeal for those concerned and we are working with partner agencies to ensure they are supported and cared for.

“The site is cordoned off and the area between London Road and Norman Road has been closed while the building is made safe.”

The Observer would like to hear from anyone who was directly affected by the fire, such as residents of Marlborough House. Email richard.gladstone@jpress.co.uk or ring Richard Gladstone on 01424 856786.