Firefighters are at the scene of a blaze which gutted an industrial building for a second night.

It means West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) will have had crews at the scene of the fire in Consort Way, Burgess Hill for 36 hours. 

The smoke from the fire, which broke out at 3pm yesterday, could be seen from Sheffield Park which is around eight miles away. 

The blaze saw surrounding buildings evacuated and the road closed. 

People living in the vicinity were told to keep their windows and doors closed.

Dozens of crews from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance initially, with the help of firefighters from East Sussex too.


A spokesman for WSFRS this evening said: “We will continue to have a presence at this incident into the night as we ensure there are no further hotspots remaining within the building.

“We currently have two fire engines and the aerial ladder platform on site which we are using to target the remaining hotspots in the centre of the building.

“We are working closely with colleagues from the Environment Agency to minimise the impact of water run-off.

“We appreciate that this fire has had a significant impact on a number of neighbouring businesses, and we are working to resolve the incident as swiftly as possible.”