Round-up of news from Uckfield firefighters

Flooding, a major fire in Heathfield, and a car which crashed into a building – just some of the incidents attended by Uckfield Firefighters over the past fortnight.fire_modern_engine

Watch manager Ian Ritchie’s round-up is here:

Friday, June 17: Crews from Uckfield and Lewes attended an incident in Newick at 3pm where a car crashed into a building. The driver was released by firefighters and a building inspector was called in to check the integrity of the building.

An unattended bonfire on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate was extinguished by an Uckfield crew at 9.05pm.

Saturday, June 18: An Uckfield crew was one of eight crews which fought a large fire which destroyed the old mill building in Station Road, Heathfield, at 11.20pm. Crews remained at the scene all night.

Monday, June 20: A small fire in the motor of an electric fan was found to be the cause of an automatic fire alarm call to a unit on the Belbrook Industrial Estate at noon.

At 5.40pm Uckfield firefighters were called to release a person who was shut in a lift at a block of flats in the town.

Wednesday, June 22: A crew from Uckfield provided cover in Crowborough at 12.20am while their crews dealt with an incident.

Uckfield firefighters took part in the annual Uckfield Town Council schools road safety day on Luxford Field. They talked to pupils about ‘failing to look’ and ‘distraction’ as causes of accidents and showed them the range of equipment used to deal with road accidents. Read more here: Lessons in road safety for Uckfield area children.

Torrential rain during the night saw calls to three flooding incidents across the area. At 12.10am Uckfield firefighters used a submersible pump to clear floodwater from a property in Framfield where they also used chimney rods to clear the road drains to stop the flow of water.  ESFRS Flood advice

Thursday, June 23: A small electrical fire was dealt with and isolated at an office in Forest Row at 4.05pm by crews from Uckfield and East Grinstead.

At 6pm Uckfield firefighters worked to clear floodwater from the basement of an antiques shop in Heathfield High Street.

At 6.35pm a child was brought to the fire station by his mother with his finger stuck in a pair of toy binoculars. He was freed after some delicate work with a hacksaw.

Friday, June 24: A call at 5.10am to a lorry fire at Halland was found to be caused by overheated brakes.

Sunday, June 26: Crews from Uckfield and Heathfield dealt with a cooker fire at a property in Waldron at 10.20am.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Halland, Heathfield, Hadlow Down, Buxted and Sheffield Park.

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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