Fire breaks out at historic Embassy Court, Brighton

The Argus: Fire breaks out at historic Embassy Court, Brighton (Pic: Alex Lawrence) Fire breaks out at historic Embassy Court, Brighton (Pic: Alex Lawrence)

A fire has left two homes in a historic block of flats uninhabitable.

Scores of residents were evacuated from the modernist Embassy Court block of flats after a fire broke out in a third floor flat.

Six fire crews from Preston Circus, Hove, Roedean and Shoreham as well as a specialist aerial ladder team were called to the blaze at the flats in Kings Road in Brighton at 8pm.

Firefighters remained at the scene until 2am this morning and return to reinspect the property at 3.30am.

All resident have now returned to their flats except for two including the fire damaged property and a flat below which suffered flooding.

A fire investigation is underway although at the moment it has not considered to have been started deliberately.

Were you an evacuated resident or did you see what happened?

Call The Argus on 01273 544530 or email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk.

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10:00am Fri 13 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

How is Embassy Court historic?
How is Embassy Court historic? Cave Johnson

10:08am Fri 13 Dec 13

Crystal Ball says...

For "historic" read "dilapidated and not fit for purpose".
For "historic" read "dilapidated and not fit for purpose". Crystal Ball

12:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Athena says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
How is Embassy Court historic?
It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?[/p][/quote]It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old. Athena

12:51pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Athena wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?
It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.
So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there?
[quote][p][bold]Athena[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?[/p][/quote]It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.[/p][/quote]So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there? Cave Johnson

1:33pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Athena says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Athena wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?
It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.
So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there?
An event doesn't have to occur somewhere to make it historical. It's the building's own significance which makes it historical. This building had the first penthouse in the country, and was one of the first buildings of this type built in the country.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Athena[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?[/p][/quote]It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.[/p][/quote]So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there?[/p][/quote]An event doesn't have to occur somewhere to make it historical. It's the building's own significance which makes it historical. This building had the first penthouse in the country, and was one of the first buildings of this type built in the country. Athena

2:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

alandfay says...

It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong.... alandfay

2:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Athena says...

alandfay wrote:
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
I thought it was renovated in 2009 or thereabouts?
[quote][p][bold]alandfay[/bold] wrote: It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....[/p][/quote]I thought it was renovated in 2009 or thereabouts? Athena

2:22pm Fri 13 Dec 13

sussexram40 says...

Historic and Historical are different words. Argus readers should note the difference.
Embassy Court is a fantastic building. One of the most famous and finest examples of 1930s architecture in the country.
Historic and Historical are different words. Argus readers should note the difference. Embassy Court is a fantastic building. One of the most famous and finest examples of 1930s architecture in the country. sussexram40

3:07pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Ashles says...

alandfay wrote:
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
The government gives illegal immigrants money and houses? That's a bit odd because illegal immigrants are, by definition, illegal, therefore unable to qualify for benefits, since applying for benefits would bring their presence to the attention of immigration authorities.
[quote][p][bold]alandfay[/bold] wrote: It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....[/p][/quote]The government gives illegal immigrants money and houses? That's a bit odd because illegal immigrants are, by definition, illegal, therefore unable to qualify for benefits, since applying for benefits would bring their presence to the attention of immigration authorities. Ashles

4:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

alandfay wrote:
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
A bit like your conspiracy theory then... mug.
[quote][p][bold]alandfay[/bold] wrote: It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....[/p][/quote]A bit like your conspiracy theory then... mug. All 9 of me

4:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

SteveHove says...

It is a beautiful building and I live opposite to it for 5 years and I have seen it when it was neglected and watched it brought back to its former splendor I would say now most flats in there are now owner occupied
It is a beautiful building and I live opposite to it for 5 years and I have seen it when it was neglected and watched it brought back to its former splendor I would say now most flats in there are now owner occupied SteveHove

4:52pm Fri 13 Dec 13

markpbri says...

I was in the flat that caught fire.

It's freehold owned by blue storm, try searching for the building in google before you imagine you know, it's great to see people argue about the near loss of lives though.
I was in the flat that caught fire. It's freehold owned by blue storm, try searching for the building in google before you imagine you know, it's great to see people argue about the near loss of lives though. markpbri

5:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Athena says...

markpbri wrote:
I was in the flat that caught fire.

It's freehold owned by blue storm, try searching for the building in google before you imagine you know, it's great to see people argue about the near loss of lives though.
Indeed, you are right, but glad everyone, including you, came out safely. I hope there was not too much damage to people's home and effects, either.
[quote][p][bold]markpbri[/bold] wrote: I was in the flat that caught fire. It's freehold owned by blue storm, try searching for the building in google before you imagine you know, it's great to see people argue about the near loss of lives though.[/p][/quote]Indeed, you are right, but glad everyone, including you, came out safely. I hope there was not too much damage to people's home and effects, either. Athena

5:29pm Fri 13 Dec 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

I hope that nobody was hurt in the fire, and that anybody affected is ok
I hope that nobody was hurt in the fire, and that anybody affected is ok BornInBrighton1968

6:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Moose&Mags says...

In response to alandfay's comment earlier ... WE are not illegal immigrants ... but then again, we don't live there.
Mags & Moose.
In response to alandfay's comment earlier ... WE are not illegal immigrants ... but then again, we don't live there. Mags & Moose. Moose&Mags

7:12pm Fri 13 Dec 13

sugar man says...

alandfay wrote:
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
please enlighten us...
how did you manage to actually see illegal immigrants being handed thousands of pounds? are you a special detective with a massive zoom lens? or are you the worst possible kind of xenophobe spreading immature and hateful lies? i'm going with the latter. the only thing that makes me feel better about this is that nobody is going to believe your stupid childish story and you are making yourself look like a complete brain dead fool.
[quote][p][bold]alandfay[/bold] wrote: It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....[/p][/quote]please enlighten us... how did you manage to actually see illegal immigrants being handed thousands of pounds? are you a special detective with a massive zoom lens? or are you the worst possible kind of xenophobe spreading immature and hateful lies? i'm going with the latter. the only thing that makes me feel better about this is that nobody is going to believe your stupid childish story and you are making yourself look like a complete brain dead fool. sugar man

5:21pm Sat 14 Dec 13

michael201273 says...

THE ARGUS CAN NOT COUNT. THE FIRE IN THE PICTURE IS ON THE 4th FLOOR AS THE GROUND FLOOR ARE ALSO FLATS. SO THE FIRE WAS NOT ON THE THIRD FLOOR LIKE REPORTED IN THIS STORY.

Why do the argus keep on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, keep righting ****. The stories are always incorrect and yet again so is this one.

# RANT OVER
THE ARGUS CAN NOT COUNT. THE FIRE IN THE PICTURE IS ON THE 4th FLOOR AS THE GROUND FLOOR ARE ALSO FLATS. SO THE FIRE WAS NOT ON THE THIRD FLOOR LIKE REPORTED IN THIS STORY. Why do the argus keep on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, keep righting ****. The stories are always incorrect and yet again so is this one. # RANT OVER michael201273

5:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

michael201273 says...

SteveHove wrote:
It is a beautiful building and I live opposite to it for 5 years and I have seen it when it was neglected and watched it brought back to its former splendor I would say now most flats in there are now owner occupied
If you were to live opposite the flats for the last fire years then you would be rather wet, as the sea is opposite. LoL
[quote][p][bold]SteveHove[/bold] wrote: It is a beautiful building and I live opposite to it for 5 years and I have seen it when it was neglected and watched it brought back to its former splendor I would say now most flats in there are now owner occupied[/p][/quote]If you were to live opposite the flats for the last fire years then you would be rather wet, as the sea is opposite. LoL michael201273

5:26pm Sat 14 Dec 13

michael201273 says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Athena wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?
It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.
So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there?
We'll it did have a fire!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Athena[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: How is Embassy Court historic?[/p][/quote]It's a Grade II Art Deco building. Not everything historical is more than 100 years old.[/p][/quote]So how does that make it historical? What significant event has happened there?[/p][/quote]We'll it did have a fire!!!!!! michael201273

5:27pm Sat 14 Dec 13

michael201273 says...

Ashles wrote:
alandfay wrote:
It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....
The government gives illegal immigrants money and houses? That's a bit odd because illegal immigrants are, by definition, illegal, therefore unable to qualify for benefits, since applying for benefits would bring their presence to the attention of immigration authorities.
At least there not clever dicks
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alandfay[/bold] wrote: It only houses illegal immigrants as uk born people can't afford to rent these dilapidated flats, I saw immigrants handed thousands of pounds while driving new BMW/Mercedes cars whilst squatting 2 properties there as I am born in the uk and couldn't afford to rent, but the government give foreigners a roof, money and cars! Its all wrong....[/p][/quote]The government gives illegal immigrants money and houses? That's a bit odd because illegal immigrants are, by definition, illegal, therefore unable to qualify for benefits, since applying for benefits would bring their presence to the attention of immigration authorities.[/p][/quote]At least there not clever dicks michael201273

8:52pm Sun 15 Dec 13

loz3747 says...

michael201273 wrote:
THE ARGUS CAN NOT COUNT. THE FIRE IN THE PICTURE IS ON THE 4th FLOOR AS THE GROUND FLOOR ARE ALSO FLATS. SO THE FIRE WAS NOT ON THE THIRD FLOOR LIKE REPORTED IN THIS STORY.

Why do the argus keep on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, keep righting ****. The stories are always incorrect and yet again so is this one.

# RANT OVER
I live on the 2nd floor of Embassy Court, and I can tell you for a fact that it was the floor above me. The flats on the ground floor are exactly that, ground floor. So it goes ground floor, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Not that hard is it?
[quote][p][bold]michael201273[/bold] wrote: THE ARGUS CAN NOT COUNT. THE FIRE IN THE PICTURE IS ON THE 4th FLOOR AS THE GROUND FLOOR ARE ALSO FLATS. SO THE FIRE WAS NOT ON THE THIRD FLOOR LIKE REPORTED IN THIS STORY. Why do the argus keep on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on, keep righting ****. The stories are always incorrect and yet again so is this one. # RANT OVER[/p][/quote]I live on the 2nd floor of Embassy Court, and I can tell you for a fact that it was the floor above me. The flats on the ground floor are exactly that, ground floor. So it goes ground floor, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Not that hard is it? loz3747

12:22pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Mr.Logical1 says...

every block of flats is historic or iconic to The Argus for some reason. I've lived here nearly 30 years and the name Embassy Court means nothing to me... is it only me?
every block of flats is historic or iconic to The Argus for some reason. I've lived here nearly 30 years and the name Embassy Court means nothing to me... is it only me? Mr.Logical1

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