Firefighters battle Southwick boat fire on site of upcoming development

Firefighters have responded to a boat on fire in front of a vacant property earmarked for a major development in Southwick.

A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews were called to Albion Road yesterday (March 22) at 1.38pm, to reports of a derelict boat on fire.

Crews from Lancing, Worthing and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service quickly brought the fire under control, the spokesman said, and put it out quickly.

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Pictures show the boat well ablaze before the fire service arrived.

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A ruined shell has been left behind, in the front garden of a vacant property in Albion Road.

The large house is part of a site recently granted planning permission for 55 flats, all affordable, over two blocks.

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The fire in Albion Street, Southwick. Pic: Matthew Ebers SUS-200323-122700001
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