Crawley flats evacuated as bin fire spreads to gas pipe

Fire at flats in Warnham Road, Crawley (Photo by Eddie Mitchell)
Image caption The cause of the blaze in Warnham Road, Crawley, is being investigated

An elderly woman had to be rescued and a flat block evacuated after a bin fire spread to a gas pipe.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said about 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the three-storey property in Warnham Road, Crawley, on Friday.

A spokeswoman said the elderly resident who was rescued was unhurt.

Crews spent about two hours tackling the blaze that started at about 15:50 GMT and damaged part of a ground floor flat and communal stairwell.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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