The caravan became unhitched as a family set off on a caravanning trip at 5am. It rolled down a slope, across the garden and crashed into their own house, according to Uckfield Fire Station watch manager, Ian Ritchie.
Firefighters said there was serious structural damage to both house and caravan. They called for a Wealden building inspector and winched the caravan back onto the road.
Spate of road accidents
Crews from the Uckfield station were called to a spate of road accidents at the beginning of the month to free drivers trapped in their cars, said Mr Ritchie.
He appealed to drivers to take extra care, allow extra time for journeys and to drive according to the conditions now that the roads are wet and offer less grip.
On the night of Sunday, September 1, two crews worked with paramedics to cut free the driver of a car involved in an accident on the A22 at Halland.
The following Thursday, September 5, an Uckfield crew worked with West Sussex firefighters at Plaw Hatch Lane near Sharpthorne to free a car driver from his badly damaged car. The man’ legs were severely trapped and the roof and his side of the car had to be removed. Hydraulic rescue equipment was used.
In the early hours of Saturday, September 7, crews attended two more, less serious accidents on the A26 at Herons Ghyll and Clayhill.
Other calls attended by Uckfield firefighters
Tuesday, September 3: At 9.30am, firefighters were called to a fire involving a large dung heap at Isfield. Having only been able to get to the scene by quad bike, the Incident Commander called in Heathfield’s Landrover crew who spent the day dealing with the incident with water provided by a bulk water carrier from Uckfield. More on that story here: Uckfield firefighters tackle blaze at Isfield.
Wednesday, September 4: Uckfield firefighters again worked with West Sussex crews throughout the afternoon to deal with a serious house fire in Ashurst Wood. At 9.45pm on the same day, two crews from Uckfield dealt with a fire in a combine harvester in a cornfield at Piltdown.
Thursday, September 5: One Uckfield appliance attended Ketches Lane, Sheffield Park, at 4pm and worked with a Landrover from Haywards Heath to extinguish 150 metres of railway embankment on the Bluebell Line. Careful cross country driving was required to reach the incident with the only access being across farmland from Freshfield.
Saturday, September 7: Firefighters were called at 2.30pm to gain entry to a property in Vernon Road, Uckfield, to allow medical personnel to provide urgent medication to the elderly resident.
Sunday, September 8: A horse was trapped in a stream on a farm in Maresfield at 8.20pm. Uckfield firefighters kept the animal’s head above water while they waited for the specialist animal rescue team to arrive from Crowborough. They used strops and a crane to lift the horse to safety.
Wednesday, September 11: An Uckfield crew worked with firefighters from Lewes and Barcombe at 5pm to deal with a kitchen fire at the Green Man public house in Ringmer. Personnel wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire on the first floor.
At 10pm the same day, two crews from Uckfield were called to Nether Land, Nutley, where residents believed there had been an accident. On arrival, they found an abandoned Landrover on fire which had burnt through some high voltage cables causing a blackout in the area. The Police confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen two weeks previously from Haywards Heath.
Thursday, September 12: This was the day the caravan crashed into a house in Keld Drive, Uckfield, as mentioned at the start of this report.
Friday, September 13: Firefighters came to the rescue of an elderly Uckfield resident when she became stuck in the bath as her carers lifting equipment failed. With her dignity suitably protected, the crew lifted her out safely. The 93-year-old maintained her sense of humour through her ordeal asking if the crew had brought the TV cameras with them!
At 3pm the same day, the town’s bulk water carrier was sent to a serous fire in a Lewes scrapyard. An Uckfield appliance was later sent to relieve other crews to deal with the incident involving massive scrap metal shredder.
Home Safety Visits designed to raise awareness of safety matters in the home, including the fitting of free smoke alarms where required, are always available from your local fire station.
For free home safety advice ring 0800 177 7069 or visit the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service website.