Homes in Framfield Road, Uckfield, were evacuated in the early hours of this morning when fire broke out in a flat at number 1. Nobody was hurt.
The fire in an unoccupied flat was spotted coming through the roof at about 4.30am. Firefighters attended with two appliances from from Crowborough, one from Uckfield, one from Lewes and an aerial platform from Brighton.
Nine firefighters wore breathing apparatus as they tackled the blaze. Three hose reels were used initially.
Relief crews from Herstmonceux and Forest Row took over at 6am with Watch Commander Paul Markwick from Herstmonceux as incident commander, and Crew Manager Brad Hawkins offering command support.
Neighbours up to number 11 on the left hand side of the road off High Street, New Town, were evacuated. The fire was extinguished at 7am.
Watch Commander Markwick said thermal imaging cameras were used after that to continue to locate hot spots.
He said the fire was in the top flat and the roof of the building and the relief crews would remain at the site until about 10.30am, also returning later in the day. A fire investigation unit would attend to investigate the cause of the blaze.
Rachael Berry, who lives at 7 Framfield Road, said she got up when she heard a fire engine outside, ran downstairs and outside to see smoke and fire coming out of the roof at number one, mainly from the back of the house.
The lady in the bottom flat had her two grandchildren staying and she woke after hearing dripping coming through the ceiling, got up to see what it was and then realised smoke was coming into her flat.
Rachael said: “She picked the children up, got them out and went to her neighbour next door at number 3.”
Rachael added all the neighbours were out in the street after being evacuated and very relieved that nobody was hurt.