UPDATE on Friday, February 24: The aftermath of the fire at the former Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home can be seen in these pictures taken by Grant Melton.
• Grant is running a photography workshop tomorrow, Saturday, February 25, at The Kings Arms, Rotherfield, from 9am-1pm.
The cost is £35 per person and the workshop is aimed at people who would like to know and understand more about how to use their camera. If you are interested in going along please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant is looking for venues to run similar workshops in Uckfield and Crowborough.
Ridgewood Manor fire is out
UPDATE at 8.50am: The fire at Ridgewood Manor is out. Firefighters are clearing up ready to leave.
The roof of the building which was already in a poor condition, has been destroyed, and floors have collapsed inside.
A fire service spokesperson said the usual procedure for investigating the cause of a fire would be to make sure a property is safe to enter before beginning that work.
UPDATE at 7.55am: Lewes Road is still closed this morning following the blaze last night at the derlict former Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home.
There’s still evidence next to The Highlands Inn and in the lane leading to the manor of last night’s fire-fighting activity, see pictures below.
30 people called 999 about Ridgewood fire
UPDATED, 7.15am Thursday, February 23
Thirty 999 emergency calls were made by the public who saw flames from a fire which ripped through a former Uckfield nursing home last night.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service firefighters were called out at 8:23pm to the blaze in the disused nursing home offLewes Road, Ridgewood.
Six appliances went to put out the fire at the Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home.
Crews used main jets (hoses) to deal with the fire and the water carrier appliance was summoned to use along with hydrants .
There are no reports of casualties and the cause is not known at this stage.
The fire produced a large amount of smoke and local residents were asked to stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut.
Soon after midnight the fire service scaled back its operation.
Our story from last night as the fire developed is below with photographs and a short video.
Firefighters tackle blaze in former nursing home
BREAKING NEWS: 9pm Wednesday.
Four fire appliances are dealing with a blaze at a former nursing home in Ridgewood, Uckfield.
The blaze, which is being fanned by a strong breeze, is in the derelict Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home, opposite the Highlands Inn and near New Barn Lane.
Sussex Police are in attendance.
Lewes Road is closed between the Highlands roundabout and Highview Lane.
One person commenting via the UckfieldNews.com Facebook page said the fire could be seen from miles away.
The blaze also made a loud crackling sound which could be heard over a wide area.
We will update this story when we have more information.
Thanks to Lisa Wheeler for the video below which captures the sight and sounds of the blaze at the derelict former Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home tonight.