Fire crews leave Marlborough House fire scene. Investigation continues

Firefighters have left the scene of a care home in St Leonards in which a fire broke out yesterday (Sunday).

Crews left Marlborough House but will return later today ( Monday) for a re-inspection and a full fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze.

The fire broke out yesterday at 8.30am and firefighters from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service remained at the scene until 12.24pm today.

Relief crews continued working throughout the night and this morning checking for any hotspots.

A dry riser, a main vertical pipe, was used by crews to distribute water to multiple levels of the six-storey building.

At the height of the fire there were at least 55 firefighters are at the scene. Eleven pumps were in use, along with a water bowser, three aerial ladder platforms, and a control unit and team.

The aerial ladder platforms were used to fight the fire from outside. Firefighters tackled the fire inside the building wearing breathing apparatus. Three main jets and firefighting foam were also in use.

More than 30 residents living in sheltered flats in Marlborough House were evacuated and three taken to hospital.

No one was injured.

The area was cordoned off for most of yesterday as firefighters tackled the blaze.

All residents evacuated have been found alternative accommodation.