Firefighters thanks community for support following Worthing fire

Rectory Road

Firefighters are thanking the community for their donations and support after a serious fire which damaged flats and businesses.

Ten fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were called to a fire at 6.37pm on Monday 27 August at Rectory Road, Worthing.

They found a three-story building with a serious fire well alight with flames breaking through the roof.

Crews worked through the night to extinguish the blaze.

All residents safely escaped the building and were initially evacuated to the Thomas A Becket pub.

The fire meant that a number of families were displaced from their homes and there were a number of others whose properties were also affected. Eight flats and five shops were damaged.

Following the blaze members of the public came forward with offers of support, clothes and essential items. The British Red Cross coordinated the donation appeal and distribution of the items from the Thomas a Becket Public House.

These donations have now been taken to the Worthing Churches Homeless Project where they can be accessed by the residents affected.

Worthing Station Manager, Roy Barraclough, said: “The community has come together in an amazing way, offering support, clothes, essential items and even money, to those affected by the fire.

“Staff at the Thomas A Becket pub were also been brilliant, providing us with a safe place to evacuate everyone to that night.

“It has been especially humbling to hear so much fantastic support from the community for the emergency services.”

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Fires can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and it has been incredible to see so many people come forward to do what they can to help.

“I also want to thank our amazing firefighters who worked tirelessly put out this fire and to keep everyone safe.”

The fire is not being treated as suspicious and an investigation is taking place into its cause.


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