VIDEO: Firefighters tackle blaze at derelict Uckfield nursing home

Firefighters are at the scene of a major fire in Uckfield. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-170223-070913001
Firefighters are at the scene of a major fire in Uckfield. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-170223-070913001
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Firefighters remain at the scene after a derelict former nursing home in Uckfield caught alight last night (Wednesday, February 22).

Fire crews were called out at Ridgewood Manor in Lewes Road at around 8.23pm, following 999 calls from more than 30 residents

On arrival, crews found the former nursing home was ablaze and used water jets to bring the fire under control.

At its height six fire appliances were at the scene including the fire service’s water carrier.

A spokesman from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the cause of the blaze is not known at this stage and that there are no reports of casualties.

Residents have been asked to stay indoors and to keep windows and doors shut as the fire is producing a large amount of smoke.

Firefighters are at the scene of a major fire in Uckfield. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-170223-070926001

Firefighters are at the scene of a major fire in Uckfield. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-170223-070926001

Lewes Road is closed in the vicinity of the fire and residents are asked to avoid the area.

Photos and video by Nick Fontana.

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