SMOKE alarms saved lives in this morning’s Pevensey Bay blaze,, say fire chiefs.

Here’s the fire report: “At 03:11, we were called to attend a fire at a residential property on Maresfield Drive, Pevensey Bay. 

Crews from Pevensey, Eastbourne and Hastings attended.  The fire had emanated from a garden shed and had spread to a neighbouring shed. Due to high winds, the fire was pushed towards two residential properties which in turn became involved in the fire.

Firefighters used eight Breathing Apparatus, two Hose Reel Jets and two jet hoses to extinguish the fire.

In both properties, residents were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms and self-evacuated before the fire took hold. Three people were handed over into the care of SECAMB suffering from minor injuries. 

A fire investigation is due to take place later on today.

Smoke alarms save lives

Simon Neill, Group Manager (East) said: “The householders all had working smoke alarms which meant that when this incident happened, they were quickly alerted to the fire and were able to self-evacuate promptly. This shows just how important it is to make sure you have alarms on every level of your house. We can help you find the best place to put them, give you additional safety advice and in many cases, provide you with the alarms themselves.”

Did you know?

  • You are at least 4 times as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm.
  • A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
  • They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
  • The more alarms you have, the safer you’ll be – as long as they are working – so make sure you test them weekly.
  • You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you’ll be able to hear it when you’re asleep.         

Home Safety Visits

Did you know we offer free Home Safety Visits?  We can offer advice and guidance on smoke alarms, where to place them and if required, fit smoke alarms for you. 

Please call 0800 177 7069 for more information about our home safety advice or check our website: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/