A firefighter involved in tackling a blaze at a country club in Pease Pottage has revealed he was due to get married there next month.
Steven Mundy, a Retained Fire Officer based in Henfield, attended the incident in Buchan Hill which continued overnight on Monday (June 11).
It’s estimated 50 per cent of the building was damaged.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Steven was due to get married to his fiancé, Sophie Pratt on July 21 at the club.
He said: “I didn’t know what to think at first. I never expected it to be that serious when I turned up to the fire.
“Sophie called me when we were on our way to the incident. She
was in complete shock and was just panicking about what to do with the wedding coming up. She’s not often speechless.
“We’ve since been trying to find another venue. With the wedding just being a month away, there’s not a lot of availability, but we may have found one and are now awaiting confirmation.”
Steven has since thanked his colleagues for their support following the incident, including his father James, a Crew Manager with the service.
He added: “Most of the crew I was with at the fire had been invited to the wedding. They’ve all sent messages of support, and have offered to help in any way they can.
“Both mine and Sophie’s family have been brilliant, and are continuing to help us throughout this time.”
There were ten engines in attendance at the height of the fire, along with several specialist vehicles including the Ariel Ladder Platform, and specialist officers.
Everyone who had been in the building was accounted for and there were no reported injuries.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.