PAPERS were set alight at the bottom of the steps to the Civic Centre in Uckfield.
Police were called to the scene by Civic Centre staff at 6am yesterday morning, August 16.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The fire service was called and dealt with the incident.”
Firefighters were called to the scene at 5.54am, arrived at 6.12am and left at 6.12am.
One fire engine from Uckfield attended and a hose reel was used to douse the flames.
No fire investigation has been launched, said a spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
The spokeswoman added that the incident looked as though a bin had been alight.