Vehicles deliberately set alight in Uckfield

Police are investigating after two vehicles were deliberately set alight on the Manor Park Estate in Uckfield.

Firefighters were called to the first incident at 11.20pm on Friday, October 17, where a car fire also damaged an adjacent car.fire_modern_engine

Thirty minutes later the same crew was back at a van fire on the estate.

Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie reported the fires in his fortnightly round-up for of firefighters’ activity in the area.

His report continues:

Saturday, October 18: At 2.05pm crews from Uckfield and Lewes attended a call to a fire alarm sounding at a house in Newick. On arrival, they found the inebriated occupier in his smoke-filled home trying to silence his smoke alarms having burnt some food in the kitchen.

At 8.20pm a crew was sent to reports of a child locked in a room at a property in Nutley but they had been released before the appliance arrived.

Monday, October 20: A call to a fire in London Road at 10am turned out to be a bonfire which was under control.

Uckfield firefighters dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Maresfield at 6.20pm.

Wednesday, October 22: Two crews from Uckfield attended a call to a caravan fire in Chiddingly at 10.05am. The caravan was destroyed and is believed to have been ignited some considerable time before it was discovered.

Thursday, October 23: Crews from Uckfield, Heathfield and Herstmonceux spent several hours dealing with a barn fire in Rushlake Green having been called at 11.30am. The town’s Bulk Water Carrier also attended to provide firefighting water at the remote farm. Farm machinery was used to drag the baled hay from the barn as crews damped it down with firefighting jets.

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The remains of a barn following a fire at Rushlake Green.

Sunday, October 26: A large bonfire in Framfield was found to be under control when a crew arrived at 5.15pm.

Monday, October 27: Uckfield’s Water Carrier was called to Hastings at 5.20pm to assist at a serious fire in a derelict building at Hastings College.

Wednesday, October 29: Crews from East and West Sussex worked together to fight a large barn fire at a farm in Ashurst Wood at 6.20pm. An Uckfield appliance and the Bulk Water Carrier attended with crews remaining at the scene throughout the night.

With the latest firefighters strike commencing at 6pm on Friday, October 31, members of the public were urged to be extra vigilant and take care during bonfire celebrations. While the service will still attend emergency calls, they will be prioritised by life risk.

Uckfield firefighters have also provided standby cover in Crowborough and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Laughton, Newick, Piltdown, Crowborough, Heathfield and East Hoathly.

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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