Fire rages through parked cars in Newhaven

A fire ripped through a number of parked cars in a residential Newhaven road last night (Friday).

Saturday, 5th October 2019, 1:51 pm
Photo by Sam Buck

Emergency services were sent to the scene in Elphick Road, off Ship Street, after the blaze.

Four cars were consumed in the flames, which were eventually put out by fire crews at about 3am.

Three fire engines were sent to battle the fires, and one house was damaged – though the fire service said it could not confirm the cause of this.

Photo by Sam Buck SUS-190510-124434001

It is thought the fires could have been started deliberately, but this has not been confirmed yet by the authorities.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue said Sussex Police is investigating the cause of the incident.

One resident said they were woken at about 3am to voices outside, then the sound of glass smashing, “followed by a noise that sounded like fireworks”.

They said: “It’s very lucky the fire wasn’t further down that road or a fire engine wouldn’t be able to reach it.

“Newhaven needs help. I was worried it was my car but too scared to go outside to check.

“I’m thinking about moving for the safety of my children if nothing changes.”

Chelsea Claridge Walder said she woke up to sirens and fireworks-like sounds.

She said: “It was so scary. Luckily my car wasn’t involved but it was about four cars down.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has been contacted for further information.