A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a house fire.

The 20-year-old from Peacehaven was detained by officers near the blaze in Cissbury Avenue, Peacehaven.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service launched an investigation after sending 30 firefighters just before 8pm last night. 

It sent crews two from Newhaven and one each from Roedean, Seaford, Preston Circus and Eastbourne to the blaze.

Everyone living in the property was accounted for but a family pet lost its life in the incident.

The fire was out and crews were stood down at around 9.20pm. 

If you witnessed the incident call 101 quoting 1181 of 11/09.