Fire crews remain at the scene of an industrial estate fire which saw buildings evacuated and smoke billowing across the sky.

Relief crews were brought in to tackle the blaze in Consort Way in Burgess Hill who have been tending to the scene throughout the night.

Residents are continuing to be urged to avoid the area to allow firefighters to tackle the scene this morning.

The Argus: The fire from a nearby windowThe fire from a nearby window (Image: Phil Tibbs)

A West Sussex Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We remain at the scene of the fire on Consort Way this morning, with relief firefighters brought in throughout the night. We would urge residents to continue to avoid the area to allow firefighters to work safely.”

Earlier, area manager Richard Abbot said that ten pumps from across East and West Sussex had been called to the scene of the fire and that they would be scaling back their operations overnight.


However, he also advised neighbouring houses to keep windows and doors shut as well as avoiding the area this morning.

Plumes of smoke covered the sky and were seen as far away as Hassocks at the height of the fire.

The Argus: Smoke rising from the fireSmoke rising from the fire (Image: Supplied)

One eyewitness reported that the risk of chemicals stored in the industrial estate meant that people had been evacuated from the area.