Fire crews' struggle to rescue woman from burning Brighton flat

The Argus: Firefighters at Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton, this morning after the majority of cars were removed Firefighters at Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton, this morning after the majority of cars were removed

A woman in her 50s was rescued from a Brighton flat fire after a passer-by spotted flames flickering in the window.

But fire crews wasted vital minutes struggling to get to the scene because cars were parked on both side of Park Crescent Terrace last night.

Neighbours feared the woman was dead when she was carried unconscious from her first floor home, but said she regained consciousness before being taken to hospital.

She is believed to be in a serious condition after breathing in smoke fumes for up to an hour before the blaze was spotted at 11.20pm on Wednesday, November 14. Fire crews said her legs have also been severely burnt.

Watch manager Richard Chamberlain said: "The cars delayed us getting to the scene – it should have taken us two minutes, it ended up taking about eight.

"We had to damage our fire appliance and two cars.

"It's frustrating because it stopped us getting into the building as quickly as we should have, every minute counts."

The fire is thought to have been started by a tealight.

See the latest news headlines from The Argus:

More news from The Argus

Follow @brightonargus

The Argus: Daily Echo on Facebook - facebook.com/southerndailyecho Like us on Facebook

The Argus: Google+ Add us to your circles on Google+

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:57pm Thu 15 Nov 12

John Steed says...

I understand that in france the pompiers vehicles will push through such obstructions and no claim can be be made against them, we need to learn a lesson. I hope that the police have ticketed the offending vehicles. or better still charged them with an offence that will allow the magistrates to make a statement here on the whole subject of double parking.
I understand that in france the pompiers vehicles will push through such obstructions and no claim can be be made against them, we need to learn a lesson. I hope that the police have ticketed the offending vehicles. or better still charged them with an offence that will allow the magistrates to make a statement here on the whole subject of double parking. John Steed

1:05pm Thu 15 Nov 12

tangerine.tabby says...

I live in this street and this was a problem just waiting to happen. It seems absurd that these vehicles are effectively allowed to block the streets at night and all day Sunday, denying access to fire appliances.
I live in this street and this was a problem just waiting to happen. It seems absurd that these vehicles are effectively allowed to block the streets at night and all day Sunday, denying access to fire appliances. tangerine.tabby

2:31pm Thu 15 Nov 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

With the cost of having a car nowadays it amazes me that so many people do have them - why do so many get into debt by having a car when they cannot afford one? Use your legs instead, that's what they're for.
With the cost of having a car nowadays it amazes me that so many people do have them - why do so many get into debt by having a car when they cannot afford one? Use your legs instead, that's what they're for. getThisCoalitionOut

5:55pm Thu 15 Nov 12

KellyBeans says...

Well to be honest, I live nearby also and there shouldn't be single yellow lines on one side of the road if they don't want people to park there! Otherwise no-one can really complain except maybe to the council to ask why they put them there in the first place! And no they shouldn't be ticketed as they were not illegally parked!
Well to be honest, I live nearby also and there shouldn't be single yellow lines on one side of the road if they don't want people to park there! Otherwise no-one can really complain except maybe to the council to ask why they put them there in the first place! And no they shouldn't be ticketed as they were not illegally parked! KellyBeans

7:56pm Thu 15 Nov 12

angrymonkey says...

well done to the people that got the lady out . to the people that park like that and dont think or care about anyone else oneday that could be your family or home and you can wave at the firefighters stuck at the end of road trying to help you.
well done to the people that got the lady out . to the people that park like that and dont think or care about anyone else oneday that could be your family or home and you can wave at the firefighters stuck at the end of road trying to help you. angrymonkey

7:00am Fri 16 Nov 12

alyn, southwick says...

KellyBeans wrote:
Well to be honest, I live nearby also and there shouldn't be single yellow lines on one side of the road if they don't want people to park there! Otherwise no-one can really complain except maybe to the council to ask why they put them there in the first place! And no they shouldn't be ticketed as they were not illegally parked!
Well to be honest double yellow or no lines you should not obstruct the road!

It was worse on new years day - I'm a professional carer and frequently have to travel down that road.
[quote][p][bold]KellyBeans[/bold] wrote: Well to be honest, I live nearby also and there shouldn't be single yellow lines on one side of the road if they don't want people to park there! Otherwise no-one can really complain except maybe to the council to ask why they put them there in the first place! And no they shouldn't be ticketed as they were not illegally parked![/p][/quote]Well to be honest double yellow or no lines you should not obstruct the road! It was worse on new years day - I'm a professional carer and frequently have to travel down that road. alyn, southwick

8:10am Fri 16 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

Were the cars parked illegally or is the road very narrow with parking bays blocking the road?
Were the cars parked illegally or is the road very narrow with parking bays blocking the road? Hove Actually

12:03pm Fri 16 Nov 12

sky451 says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Were the cars parked illegally or is the road very narrow with parking bays blocking the road?
I live on Park Crescent Place and often park on Park Crescent. The street has parking bays along the right hand side of the road and a single yellow line on the left allowing cars to park between 6pm and 9am during the week and all day Sunday. Cars parking on the yellow line are fine so long as they have two wheels on the pavement. There is adequate room for a car or van to pass but evidently the fire engines are too wide.

To be honest there are narrower streets around here (Brewer street for example which vans struggle to pass through and a small lorry or fire engine would have no chance) and perhaps the fire service should invest in some narrower vehicles as I doubt it is the first time they have had trouble in a town like Brighton.

I saw one of the cars which was damaged the next day. I would not have said it was blocking the road at all and was parked perfectly legally.

If the people who have cars covered in cobwebs with flat tyres got rid of their vehicles and freed up space for people who actually use their cars then fewer people would need to use the single yellow lines in the first place! I have lived here almost two years and there are a couple of cars which have not moved in that time.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Were the cars parked illegally or is the road very narrow with parking bays blocking the road?[/p][/quote]I live on Park Crescent Place and often park on Park Crescent. The street has parking bays along the right hand side of the road and a single yellow line on the left allowing cars to park between 6pm and 9am during the week and all day Sunday. Cars parking on the yellow line are fine so long as they have two wheels on the pavement. There is adequate room for a car or van to pass but evidently the fire engines are too wide. To be honest there are narrower streets around here (Brewer street for example which vans struggle to pass through and a small lorry or fire engine would have no chance) and perhaps the fire service should invest in some narrower vehicles as I doubt it is the first time they have had trouble in a town like Brighton. I saw one of the cars which was damaged the next day. I would not have said it was blocking the road at all and was parked perfectly legally. If the people who have cars covered in cobwebs with flat tyres got rid of their vehicles and freed up space for people who actually use their cars then fewer people would need to use the single yellow lines in the first place! I have lived here almost two years and there are a couple of cars which have not moved in that time. sky451

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree