A large haystack remains alight on a farm on Whiteway, Alfriston, with crews still on scene to ensure a controlled burning takes place. Photo: Dan Jessup SUS-210511-075727001

East Sussex farm fire - Pictures show scale of incident as road to remain closed for another day

A huge fire in a barn near Seaford is still alight and a nearby road will remain closed for another day.

Friday, 5th November 2021, 8:23 am
Updated Friday, 5th November 2021, 12:28 pm

The emergency services were called at 4.07am on Thursday (November 4) to attend a fire in the open on a farm on Whiteway, Alfriston. Crews from Eastbourne and Seaford were in attendance.  

“Smoke is causing visibility issues, therefore the Alfriston road has been closed,” Sussex Police said on Thursday morning.

“The closure is between the Drusillas Roundabout and Seaford. We apologise for any delays caused.”

Police released an update just before 5pm.

A spokesperson said: “Partner agencies have confirmed that the closure of Alfriston Road, between the Drusillas Roundabout and Seaford, is expected to be in place until 6pm [on] Friday, November 5.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the road is closed ‘until further notice’ and people are ‘advised to stay away from the area’.

A spokesperson added: “There is one crew still at the scene and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has been in attendance throughout the night.”

A large haystack remains alight, with firefighters on scene to ensure a controlled burning takes place.

Compass Travel said schools buses were being affected by the ongoing road closure. Read more here

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