Fire crews battle Newhaven blaze for third day


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to tackle a fire at an industrial site in Newhaven.

There remains considerable smoke in the area due to the fire at Skip It container site in North Quay Road.

The waste which is burning is household waste but any smoke can irritate eyes and throats and so locals are being asked to keep doors and windows closed.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area and keep windows closed if driving nearby.

A Newhaven resident posted on Facebook on Saturday: “I’ve just been outside, along Fort Road etc.

“Should there be a health warning concerning the toxic air in Newhaven, the fire has now been burning for some considerable time, who knows what poisons we are breathing!

“You can taste the burning stench.”

The Service was called in at 10.30 on Friday (December 5) to reports of rubbish alight at the Skip It containers site.

Around 200 tones of rubbish were involved.

Around 17 appliances from across the Service have been involved throughout the incident, taking turns in tackling the fire.

At the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene.

An aerial ladder platform, water carriers and the Incident Command Unit were used.

No cause of the fire has been established.

As of midday today (Sunday), firefighters remain on the scene.

There are four fire engines, an incident command unit, a high volume pump and aerial ladder platform.

Firefighters are working to prevent the spread of the fire using three ground monitors and the high volume pump. A number of other agencies are involved including Environmental Health, the Environment Agency, Sussex Police, the Coastguard, Lewes District Council and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Fire Rescue Service.