Two fire appliances from Uckfield were called to the fire in a remote house at 6.14am. They worked with crews from Barcombe and Lewes and pumped water from the River Ouse to fight the blaze which also caused severe damage to the building.
Watch manager from Uckfield Ian Ritchie said an investigation was on-going to establish the cause of the fire and the service offered sincere condolences to the family.
Mr Ritchie reported that other incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters over the past fortnight included:
Monday, December 2: At 3.45pm an Uckfield crew worked with East Grinstead firefighters to deal with a van fire in Forest Row. The vehicle contained propane cylinders one of which exploded during the fire.
Sunday, December 8: Uckfield firefighters were supported by Crowborough’s Animal Rescue team at 9.35am when a calf became trapped in a feeder on a farm in Hadlow Down. Crews used hydraulic cutters to free the animal which was unharmed.
At 11.15 the same morning, Uckfield and Lewes crews dealt with a fire in a storage building at Sheffield Park Gardens. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire and ventilated the building.
Monday, December 9: Firefighters released two people from their crashed cars on Beacon Road in Crowborough at 2.50pm. Uckfield and Crowborough crews worked together with ambulance personnel at the scene.
Tuesday, December 10: A small fire in a property at Fairwarp was out by the time Uckfield crews arrived at 7.30am. Smoke detectors in the property had raised the alarm, again highlighting the benefit of these devices.
One appliance was sent to the A22 Uckfield Bypass at 9.10 the same morning when smoke was seen to be coming from the wheels of a lorry. The vehicles overheated brakes were cooled after a passing fire extinguisher salesman had used his stock to put out a small fire.
Wednesday, December 11: Uckfield and Crowborough crews were again working together at 12.45pm to rescue a horse from a ditch at a farm in Nutley.
At 6pm crews from Uckfield and Heathfield used hydraulic rescue equipment to free the trapped driver of a car following an accident in Waldron.
Thursday, December 12: Two crews were called to a property in Hempstead Road at 10.10am to deal with a fire involving a pan of food.
At 5.55pm a rubbish fire was extinguished in Bell Lane.
Safe cooking advice from the fire service can be found here.
Uckfield crews have also attended two calls to fire alarms sounding in the town.
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 learn more here.