40 Firefighters Tackle Hailsham Waste Site Fire

16 August 2016, 18:29

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to work at the scene of a serious fire at a waste facility near Hailsham.

The Service was called out at 20:19 on 15 August 2016 to reports of a fire.

As of 16:30 on 16 August, two fire engines and an officer remain at the scene.

Crews are making steady progress damping down.

On site machinery is being used to move extinguished waste and it is being moved from the site.

The A22 has one lane closed northbound between the Cophall Roundabout to north of PJ Skips to assist with this.

Environmental protection measures are in place.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is warning that one lane of the A22 is likely to remain closed until Wednesday morning following a serious fire.

The closure is affecting one lane northbound from the Cophall Roundabout to north of PJ Skips.

It’s been put in place to allow the fire and rescue service to work to make the site safe.

Two crews and an officer remain at the scene of the incident.

Incident Commander Andy Gausden said:

“We are working hard to ensure that this fire is completely out. This is going to take some time due to the nature and size of the site. We are making good progress and would like to thank the public for their patience.”

He added:

“An investigation will take place to find out how the fire started. At the moment, we do not believe it is suspicious.”

Crews were initially mobilised at 20:19 on 15 August 2016 to reports of a fire affecting a waste facility near Hailsham.

At the height of the incident eight pumping appliances were in attendance with special vehicles, including the aerial ladder platform from Hastings, and two water bowsers from Uckfield and Burgess Hill. Relief crews were also mobilised.

Pic from Dawn Whittaker on Twitter @DCFOESFRS

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