Floods and fires for Uckfield crews

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The holiday period saw no let-up in the number of incidents attended by Uckfield firecrews during August.

On August 1 the crew was called at 7.45am to deal with flooding at the East Sussex National Spa and isolated a leak in the plant room before an engineer arrived to carry out repairs.

On August 7 a child that was trapped in a chair at a house in Framfield Road was released before the service arrived at 9.15am.

The following day the team’s bulk water carrier was deployed to a farm in Arlington at 8.30am to assist crews from Hailsham and Seaford deal with a fire in a grain store. Several tonnes of rapeseed were destroyed in the store and drying hopper.

At 5.50pm the water carrier was again called for to assist at a fire involving a field of straw in Portslade.

On Saturday, August 9 one crew from the town used a hose reel to extinguish a fire in some bushes at a property on the Manor Park estate at 4.05pm.

Immediately after the weekend on Monday, August 11, fire alarms operating at an Uckfield block of flats brought two appliances. A pan of burnt food was removed and the flat was ventilated.

On Wednesday that week, a crew dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Ridgewood at 8pm after the occupiers decided to burn a quantity of unwanted, old documents.

Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to alarms sounding in Uckfield, Heathfield, Crowborough, Ringmer, Waldron and Sheffield Park.

Home safety visits, designed to raise awareness of safety, are always available locally. These visits include fitting free smoke alarms and are done by firefighters from fire stations. For free advice ring 0800 177 7069.