Uckfield firefighters wear breathing apparatus to tackle fire at nursing home

Uckfield firefighters helped to put out a fire at a nursing home in Crowborough in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Residents were evacuated and one person was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Several other people including staff members were checked over by ambulance personnel at the scene.fire_modern_engine

The Uckfield crew joined two from Crowborough at 1.15am to tackle the fire at Windlesham Manor which was thought to have started in the roof space. Six firefighters wore breathing apparatus.

The alarm was raised when smoke was discovered in a room after the fire alarm operated.

Other calls attended in the past fortnight have included one to free a two-year-old child whose finger was trapped in a small hole in a swingball base, a fire in a block of garages at Newick and a barn fire at Cross in Hand.

Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie gives more details here:

Sunday, June 1: One appliance was sent a house in The Street in Framfield at midnight where three domestic wheelie bins had been ignited.

Monday, June 2: At 4.20pm a crew freed a two year old child from a swingball base after he managed to get his finger trapped in a small hole. Firefighters used a Stanley knife to gently cut the plastic before using wire cutters to finally free the swollen finger.

Tuesday, June 3: A distressed lady was freed at 5.10pm after she became locked in at an isolated property at Furners Green near Danehill.

Thursday, June 5: Uckfield and Barcombe crews worked together at 5.55am to fight a fire in a block of garages on an estate in Newick. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used water and foam to extinguish the blaze.

Friday, June 6: One fire appliance and the bulk water carrier from the town assisted crews from Heathfield and Hailsham in dealing with a barn fire in Cross In Hand at 2.10am. The fire spread through hay and straw severely damaging farm machinery which was stored in the barn. Firefighters spent more than four hours fighting the fire and damping down hot spots.

Wednesday, June 11: Two Uckfield crews were mobilised at 8am to a road accident at Little Horsted but on arrival found nobody to be trapped.

Thursday, June 12: Fire Brigades Union members across the County joined a 24 hour national strike as part of the ongoing dispute with Central Government over pensions. No incidents were reported in or around Uckfield during the walkout during which, fire cover was provided by ‘contingency’ crews.

Friday, June 13: A small fire near the Blackdown roundabout on the bypass was extinguished by a crew from the town at 5.45pm.

Saturday, June 14: At 1.15am an Uckfield crew assisted two from Crowborough at a ‘Persons Reported’ call to a Crowborough nursing home when smoke was discovered in a room after the fire alarm operated. Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire which is thought to have started in the roof space. Residents were evacuated and one person taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Several other people including staff members were checked over by ambulance personnel at the scene.

Uckfield crews have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Maresfield, Forest Row, Nutley, Waldron and Ridgewood.

Home safety visits, designed to raise awareness of safety matters in the home, are always available across the local communities. These visits include the fitting of free smoke alarms where required and are undertaken by firefighters from your local fire station.

For free home safety advice ring 0800 177 7069 or visit the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service website.

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