'Fast spreading' Chichester field fire extinguished

A 'fast spreading' and 'challenging' fire in a field at Church Road has now been extinguished.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 4:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 8:43 pm
Up to 40 firefighters attended the scene. Picture courtesy of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Up to 40 firefighters attended the scene at the old Portfield Football Club along with eight police officers and at least four ambulance crew members from one ambulance and one emergency discovery vehicle.

Westhampnett Road was closed between Sainsbury's and Spitalfield Lane, but it is anticipated to be re-opened 'before rush hour'.

Adrian Murphy, area manager and response for the fire service, said: "It was a fast spreading fire. The first engine arrived and called for eight further engines to deal with the fire.

Up to 40 firefighters attended the scene. Picture courtesy of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

"It was a challenge accessing the fire. It started to spread affecting neighbouring properties.

"We have now put the fire out and it is under control."

A resident and witness of the blaze said: "It has happened quite a few times over the last few weeks.

"We had to hose it ourselves until further assistance came."

Aftermath of fire in field. Picture by Yasmin Randall

Initially, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service asked people to 'please avoid the area'.

The fire service received a call at 2.11pm to the blaze and said eight fire engines were sent to the scene. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Westhampnett Road was closed been Sainsbury's and Stitalfield Lane, but it is anticipated to be re-opened 'before rush hour'. Picture by Eddie Mitchell