Fire at central St Leonards shop

Firefighters at the scene. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141659001
Firefighters at the scene. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141659001

Firefighters are currently attending a fire at a shop in central St Leonards.

Crews from both Hastings and Bexhill were called to the scene at the Spar shop in King’s Road just before 1.15pm.

Firefighters tackling the fire at Spa on Kings Road, St Leonards. Photo by Tammi Cornford

Firefighters tackling the fire at Spa on Kings Road, St Leonards. Photo by Tammi Cornford

The aerial ladder platform has also been mobilised.

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) said: “We have been called to a shop in St Leonards following reports of a fire located in a refrigeration unit.

“Four appliances from Hastings and Bexhill, including the Aerial Ladder Platform, were mobilised today at 1.14pm to King’s Road, along with both Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

“Everyone has safely evacuated and one woman, believed to be in her 60s is being treated by paramedics at the scene, after breathing in smoke.

The fire was started in a refrigeration unit. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141713001

The fire was started in a refrigeration unit. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141713001

“Crews wearing breathing apparatus are currently tackling the fire using the Aerial Ladder Platform, one hose reel and 1-in-7 foam.

“The incident is still ongoing.”

London Road remains closed between the A259 Grand Parade and Pevensey Road.

UPDATE: St Leonards shop fire was accidental

Firefighters from Hastings and Bexhill tackled the fire. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141728001

Firefighters from Hastings and Bexhill tackled the fire. Picture by Justin Lycett SUS-160719-141728001

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