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Fifty firefighters tackling rooftop blaze in St Leonards
10:36am Sunday 28th July 2013 in News
Firefighters are tackling a major blaze in St Leonards.
Crews were called to Marlborough House in Warrior Square at around 8.40am, where a fire had broken out in the roof.
Two people were rescued and all residents have been evacuated from the building as crews work to bring the fire under control.
Fifty firefighters are at the scene and 10 fire engines are being used, including two aerial ladder platforms.
A British Red Cross Fire Support Unit is there, along with Sussex Police and the ambulance service.
It is believed the building houses up to 40 flats for elderly reasidents who need extra care.
People are being asked to avoid the area while emergency service deal with the scene.
Sussex Police say 32 residents have been evacuated with staff and they are being temporarily rehoused at a local church hall while Hastings Borough Council works with the care home to manage rehousing needs.
Insp Phil Hogan said: "Emergency services were alerted and our officers entered the building to support fire and rescue colleagues in evacuating the residents, many of them with restricted mobility.
"Fortunately no one is reported injured although three people have been taken to hospital - a man as a precaution and a woman to access medication.
"A third person has reported feeling unwell. I appreciate that this has been quite an ordeal for those concerned and we are working with partner agencies to ensure they are supported and cared for.
"The site is cordoned off and the area between London Road and Norman Road has been closed while the building is made safe."
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