Uckfield firefighters face fire, flood and explosion in a fortnight

Three firefighters taken to hospital after an explosion at a fire in Nutley were able to return to duty after being checked over.fire_modern_engine

The three, two from Uckfield and one from Crowborough, received minor injuries when an oxygen cylinder exploded as they tackled a fire at The Old Bakery on Wednesday, August 7, writes Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie in a round-up of news from the fire station.

Just a week later, last Thursday, two crews from Uckfield attended the partial collapse of a cottage in Horney Common and administered First Aid to the occupier who was taken to hospital with crush injuries. A local authority building inspector attended to provide advice on the structural integrity of the building.

Earlier in the month, on Friday, August 2, firefighters pumped out the swimming pool plant room at the East Sussex National Health Spa which flooded after a problem with the filtration system.

They used a submersible pump to clear several thousand litres of water to allow staff to access the room.

The previous day they freed a lady who had collapsed in the footwell of a car when trying to get out and into a wheelchair. They were called to Deanland Park and Golden Cross by a paramedic when no ambulance support was available to him.

On Sunday, August 4, Uckfield and Hailsham crews worked together to free the trapped driver of a car following an accident on the A22 at Whitesmith. They used hydraulic cutting equipment  to remove the roof and driver’s door before he was flown to hospital by air ambulance with neck, arm and leg injuries.

Crews have attended three small fires in Uckfield in the past fortnight involving hedges and rubbish.

They have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Wych Cross, Forest Row and South Chailey.

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 www.esfrs.org/hsv.shtml

Read about Uckfield Fire Station in a premium listing in our Uckfield Directory.

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