UPDATE: Six fire crews tackle Pulborough blaze

Crews tackling the fire. PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL

Crews tackling the fire. PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL

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SIX fire crews were called to tackle a blaze which started in a garage at a home in Pulborough.

They were called to the detached home in Gay Street Lane close to its junction with the A29 at around midday today (Monday, October 14).

The first crews arrived at the property within minutes and were faced with a developing fire in the garage and roof space of the two-storey house so assistance from additional fire crews was immediately requested.

The crews asked police to close the nearby roads because of the dangers associated with acetylene cylinders in the garage.

The garage was severely damaged by the fire and fire fighters spent several hours battling to prevent it spreading to the adjoining house.

The blaze was just 340 metres from the railway line and the fire service had to work with British Rail to ensure safety.

Fire crews from Storrington, Petworth, Horsham, Steyning, Worthing and Bognor attended the blaze and more than 40 firefighters were on the scene.

Thankfully there were no reported injuries.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire and quickly prevented further spread using four main jets and two high pressure hose reels.

Two small gas cylinders involved in the fire were removed and made safe.

Firefighters remained on the scene until late in the afternoon damping down affected areas.

Support and assistance for the occupiers of the property was provided by the Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service.

The A29 between Adversane and Pulborough remained closed until around 4pm, but has now re-opened (4.15pm). Gay Street Lane where the property fire happened remains closed and CCTV confirm the road will be closed for some time.