Parked cars slow down Midhurst and Petworth firefighters

Tufts Field, Midhurst
Tufts Field, Midhurst

A FIRE which ripped through a Midhurst home has sparked a debate about parking.

Residents took to social media sites including Facebook and Twitter following a fire in Tufts Field.

Crews received the call to the house at 6.15am on February 5 to the end of terrace house in Tufts Field.

Residents voiced their anger online after the fire engines had difficulty reaching the house because of parked cars along the road.

Midhurst station manager Nigel Gamblen said the crews did have difficulty getting their engines to the scene.

“We did have problems getting into the road because of cars parked on either side of the road.

“But a lot of areas are the same and it is a general problem in this day and age.

“The call indicated there could be people trapped in the property, which puts extra pressure on us.

“We put leaflets on cars afterwards just to remind people to think about where they park – we appreciate parking is a bonus but an emergency vehicle may need to get into your road at some point.”

An elderly couple were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene, but did not need to go to hospital.

The fire started from an electrical unit in a cupboard under the stairs.