Man found dead after Brighton fire

Police and firefighters at the scene in Upper Bedford Street

Police and firefighters at the scene in Upper Bedford Street

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A man has died after a blaze ripped through a derelict building.

More than 40 firefighters have been tackling the incident in Upper Bedford Street and St George's Terrace, in Kemp Town, Brighton.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police confirmed a man's body was found.

She added the added the cause was not yet known.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently in custody.

St George's Terrace is currently closed while investigations take place.

The cause of the fire, which broke out at 3.45am today (November 28), is currently unknown.

It is believed the building was a squat.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue said: “We’re working with police to investigate. Some crew still remain at the scene.”

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11:10am Wed 28 Nov 12

nosolution says...

The church building was used up until 2 or 3 years ago by a homeless charity who did the soup run on the seafront and free lunchtime meals,a fire broke out destroying parts of the building which caused the charity to move to a church up the road and it has been lying empty until squatters moved in around october..
The church building was used up until 2 or 3 years ago by a homeless charity who did the soup run on the seafront and free lunchtime meals,a fire broke out destroying parts of the building which caused the charity to move to a church up the road and it has been lying empty until squatters moved in around october.. nosolution
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12:18pm Wed 28 Nov 12

wexler53 says...

Who owns this building? Isn't this exactly the kind of site that should be redeveloped for housing? And shouldn't the council get involved instead of mucking up the town with useless and costly vanity projects?

Sorry to hear of this persons death. Another great example of "care in the community" I guess. Don't people like him deserve more?
Who owns this building? Isn't this exactly the kind of site that should be redeveloped for housing? And shouldn't the council get involved instead of mucking up the town with useless and costly vanity projects? Sorry to hear of this persons death. Another great example of "care in the community" I guess. Don't people like him deserve more? wexler53
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12:19pm Wed 28 Nov 12

wexler53 says...

Who owns this building? Isn't this exactly the kind of site that should be redeveloped for housing? And shouldn't the council get involved instead of mucking up the town with useless and costly vanity projects?

Sorry to hear of this persons death. Another great example of "care in the community" I guess. Don't people like him deserve more?
Who owns this building? Isn't this exactly the kind of site that should be redeveloped for housing? And shouldn't the council get involved instead of mucking up the town with useless and costly vanity projects? Sorry to hear of this persons death. Another great example of "care in the community" I guess. Don't people like him deserve more? wexler53
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11:26pm Wed 28 Nov 12

clubrob6 says...

Massive shortage of housing,yet numerous building lie empty surely it would be cost effective to bring these buildings back into use.I also thought a new law came in to stop sqatters.
Massive shortage of housing,yet numerous building lie empty surely it would be cost effective to bring these buildings back into use.I also thought a new law came in to stop sqatters. clubrob6
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9:27am Thu 29 Nov 12

jimthedoorman says...

The new squatters law only applies to commercial property. Residential is "fine" to squat in.
One of my jobs is to look after commercial properties that have been vacated to deter squatters. Generally these jobs last only a few weeks / months until the new tenants / business arrive.
It all depends on what the building is classified as before it is disused, as we saw with the building near Preston Circus earlier this year. The people in question were in the residential part of the building, not the commercial part. Although the Police did eventually evict them under the new, slightly grey area, of the law.
As a professional, I can see why it is unfeasible or even unaffordable for private tenants to employ people like me to look after their property.
It is sad to hear of a pointless death in this manner and hope that the council will pull their fingers out to make sure that either
a) These properties are adequately secured so only the owners can get in, or
b) Carry on doing nothing and when incidents like this happen, shrug their shoulders and call it an "unavoidale tragedy"
The new squatters law only applies to commercial property. Residential is "fine" to squat in. One of my jobs is to look after commercial properties that have been vacated to deter squatters. Generally these jobs last only a few weeks / months until the new tenants / business arrive. It all depends on what the building is classified as before it is disused, as we saw with the building near Preston Circus earlier this year. The people in question were in the residential part of the building, not the commercial part. Although the Police did eventually evict them under the new, slightly grey area, of the law. As a professional, I can see why it is unfeasible or even unaffordable for private tenants to employ people like me to look after their property. It is sad to hear of a pointless death in this manner and hope that the council will pull their fingers out to make sure that either a) These properties are adequately secured so only the owners can get in, or b) Carry on doing nothing and when incidents like this happen, shrug their shoulders and call it an "unavoidale tragedy" jimthedoorman
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6:27pm Thu 29 Nov 12

missy999 says...

I know the man who died, he has 2 sons that have been left behind. And he was failed by the housing system and lack of resources out there for people in his situation. Some people have no options apart from squatting empty buildings. Its not always a life choice but a necessity sometimes to survive on the streets.
I know the man who died, he has 2 sons that have been left behind. And he was failed by the housing system and lack of resources out there for people in his situation. Some people have no options apart from squatting empty buildings. Its not always a life choice but a necessity sometimes to survive on the streets. missy999
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6:14pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Tedious Pedant says...

jimthedoorman wrote:
The new squatters law only applies to commercial property. Residential is "fine" to squat in.
One of my jobs is to look after commercial properties that have been vacated to deter squatters. Generally these jobs last only a few weeks / months until the new tenants / business arrive.
It all depends on what the building is classified as before it is disused, as we saw with the building near Preston Circus earlier this year. The people in question were in the residential part of the building, not the commercial part. Although the Police did eventually evict them under the new, slightly grey area, of the law.
As a professional, I can see why it is unfeasible or even unaffordable for private tenants to employ people like me to look after their property.
It is sad to hear of a pointless death in this manner and hope that the council will pull their fingers out to make sure that either
a) These properties are adequately secured so only the owners can get in, or
b) Carry on doing nothing and when incidents like this happen, shrug their shoulders and call it an "unavoidale tragedy"
I think you'll find the new squatters law only applies to residential property. Commercial is "fine" to squat in.
[quote][p][bold]jimthedoorman[/bold] wrote: The new squatters law only applies to commercial property. Residential is "fine" to squat in. One of my jobs is to look after commercial properties that have been vacated to deter squatters. Generally these jobs last only a few weeks / months until the new tenants / business arrive. It all depends on what the building is classified as before it is disused, as we saw with the building near Preston Circus earlier this year. The people in question were in the residential part of the building, not the commercial part. Although the Police did eventually evict them under the new, slightly grey area, of the law. As a professional, I can see why it is unfeasible or even unaffordable for private tenants to employ people like me to look after their property. It is sad to hear of a pointless death in this manner and hope that the council will pull their fingers out to make sure that either a) These properties are adequately secured so only the owners can get in, or b) Carry on doing nothing and when incidents like this happen, shrug their shoulders and call it an "unavoidale tragedy"[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the new squatters law only applies to residential property. Commercial is "fine" to squat in. Tedious Pedant
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