Part Of Bognor Esplanade Still Shut After Fire
21 November 2016, 07:15
Part of Bognor seafront has been sealed off following a fire.
There is concern the Beach Restaurant and nearby derelict buildings may now collapse.
The blaze has gutted the chippyopposite the pier. People living in nearby flats were moved to the local leisure centre
A spokesman for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said: "We were called to a smell of smoke at 3.47am. The first crew was on site and had located the building by 3.55am. Although part of the building was derelict, 30 people have been evacuated from adjoining flats."
Lead officer at the scene Adrian Murphy said: "This incident has taken place in the midst of a major storm and it was difficult to stand when we arrived on the seafront.
"Our crews have worked extremely hard with support from a number of agencies. Our key priority now is to work with the displaced residents to get them safely home as soon as possible."
The town's MP Nick Gibb has praised the emergency services. He tweeted: "Thank you to @WestSussexFire and all our brilliant emergency services for their work in such awful conditions this morning."