Sussex

Firefighters stood down after Lewes waste centre fire

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Image caption The A27 was closed both ways between Beddingham and Southerham roundabouts overnight

Firefighters have left the scene of a huge blaze at a waste management centre.

Almost 24 hours after it started, all East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service appliances left the Light Bros depot in Lewes, East Sussex.

At the height of the fire the A27 had to be closed and 200 tonnes of scrap metal was alight.

Around 55 firefighters in 11 fire engines tackled the flames into Thursday night.

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Image caption Up to 70 calls were made to the fire service regarding the fire in Lewes
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Image caption Up to 10 fire engines and about 50 firefighters dealt with the incident

No-one was injured in the fire and the A27 was reopened on Friday.

Incident commander, Matt Elder, said: "Our crews did a fantastic job in getting this large and deep-seated waste fire under control in particularly hot and arduous conditions.

"Everyone worked extremely hard in highly demanding conditions and we ensured that they were kept well hydrated throughout tackling the incident and well-rested afterwards."

The cause has not yet been established and an investigation is due to get under way by the fire service.

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Image caption Smoke was visible as far away as Worthing, Lancing, Frant and Haywards Heath

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