The scene of the blaze

Pictures show firefighters tackling hotel blaze near Gatwick

Pictures show the scene as fire crews fight a blaze which has broken out at a hotel near Gatwick.

By Sam Dixon-French
Friday, 12th March 2021, 4:58 pm

The fire service said crews are the scene of the fire involving a premises on London Road near Gatwick. The blaze is at the Ibis Hotel.

The spokesman said: “Joint Fire Control was alerted to reports of a fire on the fifth floor of the building at 2.56pm this afternoon and mobilised crews from Billingshurst, two from Crawley, two from East Grinstead and Horsham to the scene along with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service appliances from Banstead, Dorking, Reigate and Salfords.

“The Aerial Ladder Platform from Horsham has also been sent to the scene along with the service’s Technical Rescue Unit and the drone and the Incident Command Unit from Haywards Heath.”

The building has been safely evacuated, the spokesman said.

He added: “Additional crews from Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Partridge Green, Shoreham and Turners Hill have been mobilised to the scene along with the Breathing Apparatus Support Unit from Chichester and Surrey FRS’s Aerial Ladder Platform from Leatherhead.

“Eight sets of breathing apparatus are currently in use and crews are using two jets, a safety jet and a covering jet to bring the fire under control.

“Members of the public should continue to avoid the area.”

The Ibis Hotel has been approached for comment.

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