Sussex

Evacuation follows Hastings Greggs bakery blaze

Ten people had to be evacuated from their homes when a bakery fire spread to two other buildings in an East Sussex town.

Fire crews were called to the shop in Russell Street, Hastings, at about 0330 BST on Tuesday.

About 30 firefighters spent three hours tackling the blaze, which started at Greggs bakery, and then spread to a shoe repair shop and The Clown pub.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

Colin Doherty, of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We evacuated the flats in Queen's Road and Russell Street two or three doors down as the fire had potential to spread.

"Luckily, it was a warm evening and many went to their neighbours and it wasn't too long before they could go back in."

He added: "Crews faced difficult firefighting conditions as it is an old building with dog leg stairs. There was severe fire damage and it became very, very hot as we progressed up the floors.

"The ALP [aerial ladder platform] was used to hit the hot spots in the roof which were difficult to get to from underneath and to make an observation and, later on, to make the roof safe and remove the damaged timbers."

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