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- East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17:12
- The fire was at a five storey property in Compton Avenue, Brighton
- At its height, more than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze
- Initial reports were that people were unaccounted for
- Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought the fire
- Water and foam was used to put out the flames
- A fire investigation is now underway
No one was injured during the blaze.
Two fire engines remain at the scene with one fire officer who is investigating the cause of the blaze.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue service tell us the fire is now out.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue service tell us firefighters could be on the scene for some time.
A family of four is said to live in the affected property. The Argus believes they have all escaped the fire safely.
Firefighters have been tackling the blaze from inside the property and also the neighbouring home.
The fire is believed to have started in the basement of the property.
Two ambulances have also arrived in Compton Avenue.
A fifth fire engine has arrived on scene. The road has been closed by the police.
Video from the scene
Chris Daniels, 28, of Bath Street, Brighton, was in his flat when he heard glass smashing from in block behind his apartment.
He said: “They are smashing all the windows.
“I saw someone looking out of the back on the other side of the flats and noticed a big plume of black smoke coming from the windows."
He went around the block and stood on the other side of the street.
He said: “The smoke was hurting my throat while I was standing there.
“It smelled terrible.
“Some people took their children indoors.
“There were quite a lot of people here crying.
“It looked pretty bad when I turned up.
He said firefighters went into the house next-door to try to fight the fire.
Firefighters are using water and foam to tackle the blaze.
Firefighters are tackling the blaze wearing breathing apparatus.
The fire is at Compton Avenue.
Four fire engines have been sent to the scene. The initial reports are that people are in the building.
Karen Patient took this picture of the fire.
Firefighters are dealing with a fire at a five storey property in Compton Avenue in Brighton.