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Investigation into Brighton house fire
A torrent of water shot into the air after a red-faced motorist accidentally drove over a hosepipe at the scene of a serious house blaze.
A firefighter threw himself into the jet of water to try to reconnect the hose – the force of the spray almost lifting him off of his feet.
The incident took place in Preston Drove, Brighton, on Friday, after a fire broke out in the top storey flat of a terraced home.
The occupant of the home, a man in his 60s, was shopping at Asda in Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, Brighton, when the blaze started. T
he horrified tenant arrived home to see smoke pouring from the roof.
Speaking to The Argus at the scene he said he was in “shock”, adding: “I was hoping it was not my flat… then I found out it was.
“I think if I was there I could have put the fire out. I don’t have anywhere to sleep now.”
Crews are continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze which broke out about 2pm and led to the building, divided into flats, and neighbouring homes being evacuated.
Five fire crews – armed with an aerial ladder platform, foam and hose jets – attended.
A firefighter at the scene said: “We were called to reports of a serious house fire.
“No one was in the property but the flat and others surrounding it have been evacu- ated. “At the moment the cause of the fire is still be investigated.”
One neighbour said: “I was outside when suddenly I saw smoke pouring down the street. “The fire crews were here quickly and it seemed like they did a good job.”
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