A ROAD was closed this morning while firefighters tackled a large blaze at a property.

Crews were called just after 5.30am to a house fire in Birdham Road near Chichester.

At one stage, ten fire engines were at the scene of the incident and the A286 at Dell Quay was closed both ways while crews battled the fire.

The Argus:

People were warned to avoid the area, while nearby residents were told to keep their doors and windows shut.

The fire was brought under control by 10am and fire engines were reduced to six as crews remained at the scene damping down.

The Argus:

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called to a large fire at a property on Birdham Road, Apuldram, at 5:34am this morning.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."