Mother and daughters collapse in ‘bizarre turn of events’

Uckfield firefighters were among emergency services called to East Hoathly last week, after three people collapsed “in a bizarre turn of events” at a property in the village.fire_modern_engine

Uckfield Fire Service watch manager Ian Ritchie said as there was no initial explanation for that number of casualties the incident was treated as a potential major chemical incident and numerous Police, Fire and Ambulance vehicles rushed there.

However, he added, it transpired that a daughter of the family had fainted in the heat and cut her head as she fell.

“Her sister then fainted at the sight of the blood and their poor mother then fainted at the sight of her girls collapsed on the ground.

“Normality was restored following some oxygen therapy, precautionary checks of the area and a trip to the hospital for the children.”

The emergency services were called to East Hoathly at 11am on Saturday, July 23.

Other incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters in the past fortnight include:

Tuesday, July 19: One crew from Uckfield provided cover in Crowborough at 9.40pm while their crew dealt with an animal rescue.

Wednesday, July 20: At 4pm, two Uckfield crews were mobilised to a road traffic collision on a lane near Buxted. Nobody was trapped and the scene was made safe.

One Uckfield crew provided cover in the Battle area at 4.35pm while crews from across Rother, Hastings and Wealden dealt with two serious fires in Hastings and Rye.

Thursday, July 21: At 4pm one Uckfield crew was called to join crews from West Sussex to deal with a fire in a plant room at a Haywards Heath hospital.

Crews from Uckfield and Forest Row were called to a road accident in Danehill at 4.45pm where they made the vehicles and scene safe.

Friday, July 22: A call to smoke coming from a tanker on the bypass at 9.30am was not traced.

At 9.50pm an Uckfield crew and Crowborough’s animal rescue team were called to free a deer from a fence in Fletching.

A fire involving a tractor and a length of hedgerow at 7.40pm at Cross In Hand was extinguished by two crews from Uckfield.

Monday, July 25: A man had a lucky escape when the mini dumper truck he was driving overturned at a Chailey property at 12.35pm.

Fearing the vehicle was going to be engulfed in flame, the driver’s work colleagues managed to lift it enough to release him.

Crews from Uckfield and Haywards Heath attended and paramedics treated the driver for a leg injury.

Tuesday, July 30: A small fire in the garage of a Ridgewood property was dealt with by an Uckfield crew at 5.05pm.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Maresfield, Halland, Golden Cross and Forest Row.

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 Home Safety Visits

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