Stamco fire needed six engines to bring it under control

The Stamco fire
The Stamco fire

A FIRE at a local timber yard needed crews from as far afield as Eastbourne and Broak Oak to help bring it under control.

The blaze at Stamco’s base on the Churchfields Industrial Estate started in the site’s dust extraction unit and was brought under control before it could spread to the timber storage.

However, more than half a dozen fire crews were needed to tackle the fire - with engines being called in from Battle, Eastbourne, Rye and Broad Oak to help those from The Ridge and Bohemia Road cope.

Firefighters had to use special breathing equipment to fight the fire, along with two jets, foam and an extendable platform.

It took two hours to put out the fire, which started at around 11.30am last Friday. Speaking on behalf of the well-known local firm, Nicholas Wild told the Observer: “The fire was contained within a dust extraction hopper and has caused minimal disruption to our production process.

“We remain fully open for business as usual.”

Police evacuated the immediate area and roads were closed as a precaution but it was confirmed that nobody was injured during the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.