Residents shock as blaze guts homes

Residents flee as blaze guts homes

Residents flee as blaze guts homes

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A man has spoken of his shock after a fire tore through an apartment block.

Householders left their homes in their dressing gowns and pyjamas after the blaze started at Walk House in Brighton.

The fire started at the property in North Road, in the early hours of yesterday.

Frightened residents made their way out in time and it is believed that nobody was hurt.

David Crisp, 54, woke up in his flat in Walk House at 5am to the smell of burning and dialled 999.

He said: “It was a bit of a hairy moment. I could hear some burning timber and the fire was right outside our flat.

“I rushed downstairs and there were flames across the main entrance.

“I called the fire brigade straight away and luckily they were already on their way.”

Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am.

A road was closed off while crews worked to put out the fire using hose reels and breathing apparatus.

Mr Crisp said: “I was in my dressing gown and other people were in their pyjamas when we were evacuated. It was pretty scary at first but no one was hurt.”

Mr Crisp lives on the top floor of Walk House so his property was not damaged but he believes thousands of pounds’ worth of damage was done to lower floors.

Some of the damaged parts of the building were brought out on to the pavement.

Mr Crisp said: “I’m on the top but I think there’s damage to the structure on the first floor. We’re lucky that no one was hurt.”

An investigation has been launched by Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, who are treating the incident as suspicious.

A fire service spokesman said there were no reports of injuries.

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9:06am Sat 9 Aug 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

"Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am."

Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?
"Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am." Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour? Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: -25

9:10am Sat 9 Aug 14

Voice of Brighton says...

Baffled of Brighton wrote:
"Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am."

Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?
I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that.
[quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: "Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am." Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that. Voice of Brighton
  • Score: 46

10:56am Sat 9 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Voice of Brighton wrote:
Baffled of Brighton wrote:
"Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am."

Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?
I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that.
I think that the original comment was meant more in the sense of "Fire crews attended for EXACTLY ONE HOUR" than anything else. Still, it could CERTAINLY mislead those who don't think things through before opening their mouths.
[quote][p][bold]Voice of Brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: "Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am." Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that.[/p][/quote]I think that the original comment was meant more in the sense of "Fire crews attended for EXACTLY ONE HOUR" than anything else. Still, it could CERTAINLY mislead those who don't think things through before opening their mouths. Goldenwight
  • Score: -37

5:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Voice of Brighton wrote:
Baffled of Brighton wrote:
"Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am."

Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?
I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that.
I think that the original comment was meant more in the sense of "Fire crews attended for EXACTLY ONE HOUR" than anything else. Still, it could CERTAINLY mislead those who don't think things through before opening their mouths.
I assume they go on strike at 6:00 so had to make haste.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice of Brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: "Fire crews were sent out at 4.48 am and were at the scene until 5.58am." Is this a typo? Or did it really take over an hour?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure what you mean. They don't just come, put out the fire and leave - there's a bit more to it than that.[/p][/quote]I think that the original comment was meant more in the sense of "Fire crews attended for EXACTLY ONE HOUR" than anything else. Still, it could CERTAINLY mislead those who don't think things through before opening their mouths.[/p][/quote]I assume they go on strike at 6:00 so had to make haste. JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -5

9:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Logicsays says...

Residents were shocked! No sh*t Sherlock. What other human response would you expect as fires sweeps through their home, calmness personified and a lets put the kettle on approach to impending death by smoke inhalation and burning.
Residents were shocked! No sh*t Sherlock. What other human response would you expect as fires sweeps through their home, calmness personified and a lets put the kettle on approach to impending death by smoke inhalation and burning. Logicsays
  • Score: 2

9:06am Sun 10 Aug 14

matlock says...

Apostrophe Jamie, apostrophe.
Apostrophe Jamie, apostrophe. matlock
  • Score: -3

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