A “SEVERE” house fire left occupants needing to be treated for breathing in smoke.

Firefighters were called to tackle the flames at Downland Avenue in Peacehaven at 8.30am this morning.

Crews from Newhaven and Roedean were sent to the scene.

It is understood as many as four people were affected by the blaze at a residential terraced home.

The ambulance service was called to the area and the property was evacuated.

The Argus: The scene in Downland Avenue, PeacehavenThe scene in Downland Avenue, Peacehaven

Images from the scene show three fire engines at the scene.

Flames appear to have caused widespread damage in the house, which has blackened walls in the upstairs bedroom and downstairs front room and hallway.

Fire crews remained at the scene this morning.

The Argus: Peacehaven fire: The damage at the property in Downland AvenuePeacehaven fire: The damage at the property in Downland Avenue

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to a property Downland Avenue in Peacehaven at 8.30am.

“Three appliances were sent, two from Newhaven, one from Roedean. It was a severe fire in the property.

“Crews had to use breathing apparatus, a jet and hose reels to extinguish the fire.

“There were a couple of casualties treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire will be underway shortly.”

Have you been affected by the incident? Email: aidan.barlow@theargus.co.uk