Firefighters have been called to four road accidents in the Uckfield area in the past fortnight, one at Easons Green, another at the bottom of Bird in Eye Hill, a third at Buckham Hill and the fourth in Halland.
They have also attended an electrical fire in a shop on the Manor Park Estate and inspected a fire damaged kitchen discovered by a couple returning to their Hempstead Fields home in Uckfield after a holiday.
It is thought the fire burnt itself out through a lack of oxygen because all the windows and doors were closed. “This incident highlighted the value of closing internal doors which certainly prevented this fire from spreading through the house,” said Uckfield Fire Station watch manager Ian Ritchie.
Ian reports on the past busy fortnight here:
Monday, March 16: Crews from Crowborough and Uckfield were called at 8.35am to a fire involving the electrical intake equipment at a Crowborough nursing home. The incident was handed over to UK Power Network.
Monday, March 16: At 6.50pm one crew attended a call to a fire in Isfield. On arrival they discovered a large bonfire at a farm which was under control.
Tuesday, March 17: A lack of available Retained Duty System (On Call) firefighters across the service saw Uckfield’s crew moved to cover Heathfield and beyond at 4pm while Lewes were moved up to cover Uckfield and a Brighton crew were moved into Lewes.
At 7.50pm, two crews from Uckfield attended an electrical fire in a shop on the Manor Park Estate. A staff member had successfully tackled the fire involving an electric heater with an extinguisher and firefighters isolated the electric supply.
A couple had a shock when they returned to their Hempstead Fields home in Uckfield from holiday at 11pm to discover their kitchen badly damaged by fire.
Two crews attended and inspected the scene. While there was fire, heat and smoke damage to the kitchen and dining area, the fire appeared to have burnt itself out through a lack of oxygen due to all of the windows and doors being closed. This incident highlighted the value of closing internal doors which certainly prevented this fire from spreading through the house.
Wednesday, March 18: A shortage of available crews in West Sussex when two fires occurred saw an Uckfield crew moved to cover Burgess Hill at 3.40pm before being diverted to Haywards Heath while a crew from Hove travelled to Steyning to attend one of the fires.
At 6.15pm an Uckfield crew covered Haywards Heath again while their one available crew dealt with a road accident in Burgess Hill with a crew from Brighton.
While at Haywards Heath, Uckfield’s crew were sent at 7.10pm to reports of a chimney fire at a property in Wivelsfield which was found to be smoke from a bonfire.
At 9.30pm, crews from Uckfield and Crowborough were sent to a ‘persons reported’ fire call at a block of flats for the elderly in Crowborough. While the fire was limited to burned food, one elderly lady was treated for smoke inhalation and passed into the care of ambulance personnel.
Friday, March 20: Crews from Uckfield and Barcombe were called to Newick at 8.50pm where they discovered a bonfire that had been mistakenly identified as a barn alight.
Saturday, March 21: Another bonfire was found to be under control when a crew arrived at an Uckfield property at 2pm.
Sunday, March 22: One crew from Uckfield dealt with a chimney fire at 8.45pm at a house in Herons Ghyll.
At 9.45pm the same crew were sent to make a vehicle and the area safe at a road accident on the Lewes Road at Halland.
Monday, March 23: Crews from Uckfield, Lewes and Barcombe worked together at 9.20am to extinguish a fire in the roof space of the library at Ringmer Community College.
Tuesday, March 24: A fire in an oven at a Crowborough supermarket at 6.40am was extinguished before crews from Uckfield and Crowborough arrived.
A call to a kitchen fire at a fictitious address in Newick wasted the time of crews from Uckfield and Barcombe at 9.35am. Malicious false calls are taken seriously by the service and their control centre staff worked with Sussex Police to identify the source of the call.
Thursday, March 26: Uckfield firefighters cut the male driver free from the wreckage of a car at Buckham Hill near Uckfield.
Two crews attended the incident at 6pm and found a badly damaged car which had been involved in a head on collision with a tree. The roof had been crushed down on to the driver and a paramedic had accessed the vehicle via the sunroof to treat the casualty.
Crews took 35 minutes to remove the roof and two doors while working in deep mud on one side of the car and working around the paramedic.
The casualty was released with surprisingly minor injuries and transferred to hospital by ambulance. Sussex Police are investigating the cause of the incident.
Friday, March 27: A group of teenagers had a lucky escape at 11.30pm when the car they were travelling in left the road at the bottom of Bird In Eye Hill. The car ended up on its side in a ditch with only a hedge stopping it from going into the river. Uckfield firefighters provided first aid and oxygen therapy to a 17 year old girl who was suffering from chest pains and breathing difficulties until an ambulance arrived.
Sunday, March 29: Off to cover Haywards Heath again at 10.30am as the lack of resilience in West Sussex continues to impact on fire cover in the East!
Monday, March 30: One crew from Uckfield dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Newick at 3.15pm.
Tuesday, March 31: Uckfield firefighters attended another road accident at 8.30am on the Lewes Road at Easons Green following a collision between two cars. Nobody was trapped and the scene was made safe and handed over to Sussex Police.
Uckfield firefighters have also provided cover in Crowborough and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Framfield, Buxted and Crowborough during the past fortnight.
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