Man dies in house fire in Ringmer

A MAN died in a house fire at Ringmer on Thursday March 1.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at 5.53pm and appliances from Lewes, Barcombe and Uckfield rushed to an address in Little Paddock.

Crews discovered a small fire inside the property and used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish it.

It was confirmed that one male casualty had unfortunately died at the scene. The man has not been named.

Firefighters visited neighbouring properties immediately after the tragedy and delivered leaflets containing information about fire safety in the home and the importance of having a working smoke alarm.

Richard Fowler, Fire Investigation Officer, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman who died.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that if you know an elderly or vulnerable person that may benefit from a home safety visit, please call 0800 177 7069.

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will ensure that there are working smoke alarms within the property and supply and fit free smoke alarms as appropriate. We will also be able to offer tailored home safety advice to the individual.”