Category: Fire

March 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Turners Hill fire crew dealt with a car which was well alight on the Selsfield Road in West Hoathly at 9.16 yesterday morning. A hose reel was used to extinguish the blaze and the roadway was made safe.

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March 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

TODAY is national No Smoking Day and firefighters in West Sussex are reminding people that kicking the habit will not only improve their health, but  will also reduce the risk of having a potentially lethal fire in their home.

Smoking is still by far the single biggest killer in accidental house fires in West Sussex, and in the past five years firefighters have attended 126 fires started as a result of smoking and, sadly, ten people have lost their lives.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Fire Safety Manager, Jackie Boyle, said: “Many smokers want to quit but they are not aware of the free, local help which is available to them in West Sussex. Our firefighters regularly work alongside local smoking cessation advisors to help raise awareness of all the benefits of kicking the habit – including reducing the risk of a serious fire.

“We would encourage people to make today the day they quit for good. However, for those people who don’t feel quite ready to give up we’d urge them to follow a few simple safety tips to help keep them safe. The most deadly fires our crews attend are often the ones where smokers have fallen asleep without extinguishing their cigarette properly.”

Firefighters’ smoking safety tips include:

•Check if you or someone you know is eligible for a FREE Home Safety Visit. Call 0845 872 9719

•Stub out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully

•Use a proper ashtray – never a wastepaper basket

•Take extra care when you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that can make you drowsy – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning

•Don’t smoke in bed – if you need a lie down, don’t light up. It’s too easy to doze and for bedding to catch light

•Take care with e-cigarettes. Use branded products from reputable retailers and only the original battery charger supplied with the device. Unplug once fully charged

For advice and support on quitting smoking call 0300 100 1823 or visit

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February 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead Fire & Rescue crew came to the rescue of an elderly man who had collapsed inside his home today, blocking the front door and preventing anyone from getting inside to help him.

They gained access to the property for the Ambulance crew who were then able to take care of the patient.

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February 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead firefighters attended a chimney fire in East Street Turners Hill at 6:44 yesterday.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, which has attended over 150 chimney fires in the last 12 months, has issued the following safety advice to prevent similar incidents:

Remember – keep it clean!

You should always get your chimney flue inspected by a competent person to prevent chimney fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and possible structural damage. The chimney must also be properly swept and cleaned to prevent fire breaking out.

How often the chimney should be swept?

Solid fuel appliances: Once per year for smokeless fuel and twice per year for coal
Wood burning appliances: Quarterly when in use
Gas appliances: Once a year if designed for sweeping
Oil fired appliances: Once a year
It is not sufficient to only clean a chimney using a vacuum cleaner. You should also use fire or spark guards to help prevent a serious fire.

You should never block air bricks, vents or flues and always fit a carbon monoxide detector.

The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, HETAS and the National Association of Chimney Sweeps have a network of sweeps throughout the country. All members are fully insured and work to a code of practice.

If you haven’t already done so, fit a smoke alarm – it could save your life.

If a chimney fire occurs:
Leave the room, close the door and alert other people in the house
Dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service (there is no charge).
Chimney fires can spread to the rest of your property so always call the Fire Service if you have a chimney fire.

If you have time you can help prevent the fire spreading:

If you have a conventional open fire, extinguish the fire by gently splashing water onto it.
If you have a solid fuel appliance, close down the ventilation as much as possible.
Move furniture and rugs away from the fireplace and remove any nearby ornaments.
Place a sparkguard in front of the fire.
Feel the chimney breast in other rooms for signs of heat.
Make sure that access to your attic or roof space is available for the Fire Service as they will want to thoroughly check this area for signs of possible fire spread.

For more fire safety advice, contact West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

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February 25th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WHEN East Grinstead Fire & Rescue attended a domestic incident in town this morning, after two senior residents had burned their meal, they didn’t just make sure their home was safe from fire.

They also reassured the occupiers, checked their cooking equipment and smoke alarms, and professionally assessed their property and living conditions.

And because of their potential vulnerability the crew also offered the couple the services of their partner organisations responsible for supported living.

“We can help in more ways than you might think,” said a Fire and Rescue spokesman.

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February 23rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead’s Fire and Rescue crew put out a graphic warning todday about the dangers of fake chargers with this picture of a bed destroyed by one which burst into flame.

Their advice?

Only buy a branded name from a reputable dealer.

Trust your instincts  – if a bargain seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Avoid products without a brand label or where the manufacturer’s contact information isn’t clearly displayed on the packaging.

Check the product for the relevant safety certification marks.

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February 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead’s fire crew have attended a road traffic collision between two cars on the Herontye Drive this afternoon.

No-one was trapped, so no rescue equipment was needed, said a spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service.

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February 17th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE East Grinstead fire crew attended a road traffic accident on Plough Road in Dormansland this afternoon between a car and a van.

One person had to be freed using hydraulic equipment and was subsequently taken to hospital.

An off-duty fireman was among those at the scene.


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February 15th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

AFTER attending three chimney fires – in Turners Hill, Ashurst Wood and Crawley – in as many hours today, West Sussex Fire & Rescue has issued advice about keeping chimneys clean and swept as temperatures plummet this week.


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February 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

imageEAST Grinstead’s Fire And Rescue crew took to verse today to remind people to take fire safety seriously with a special message for St Valentine’s Day.

Roses are red,

our trucks are too,

be fire safe

so we don’t visit you!

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE East Grinstead fire crew who attended a sitting room blaze in Forest Row at 5.36 today, caused when flammable items were stored too close to a fire, stayed on to give advice to the neighbours.

This included installing a fire alarm, which should be checked weekly and hoovered monthly, and ensuring fires are out before bedtime, as any which burn up during the night will  be far larger when eventually discovered.

Only burn untreated wood. Chemicals from the treatment process will stick in your flue and clog it up. It can also catch fire.

Always use a fire guard, never store flammable items close to a fire as radiant heat can ignite them, and have your chimney swept annually.

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: awaiting the call

THE East Grinstead fire crew attended an incident yesterday where the unfortunate householder had locked themselves out of the their home having left food cooking inside.

But they say anyone else who finds themselves in a similarly dangerous situation shouldn’t hesitate to call them out to deal with it.

“We may have less finesse than a qualified locksmith, but in an emergency we are a lot quicker,” they said.

Better a new lock, than a new house…




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February 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

imageFIRE Chief Phil Maynard was off-duty and on his way home to East Grinstead from the cinema in Crawley last night when he stopped to attend to a serious road traffic accident which he came across on the M23.

Phil, who recently received a Chief Fire Officer’s award, was described by Cllr Liz Bennett as “a real local hero”.



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February 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

AFTER attending two fires yesterday, which included a kitchen fire in Crawley, East Grinstead fire crew have shared some advice about keeping your home safe.

More than 50% of accidental fires at home are started by cooking – and usually when the cook is distracted or has left pans unattended on the hob.

To cook safely:
don’t let yourself be distracted while cooking
take pans off the heat if you get called away from the cooker by, for example, the phone or someone at the door
don’t cook if you’re affected by alcohol or prescription drugs
turn saucepans so that their handles don’t stick out and aren’t over another ring
don’t put oven gloves or tea-towels down on to the hot cooker after you’ve used them
clean your grill pan after using it
take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking with oil. Use a thermostat controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot.
Dealing with a fire in your kitchen:
If you do have a fire in the kitchen, don’t take any risks – get everyone out of your home and call 999.
If a pan catches fire:
don’t move it – it is likely to be extremely hot
turn off the heat if it’s safe to do so, but never lean over a pan to reach the controls
place a fire blanket over the pan if you have one
don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil – the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire
leave the pan to cool completely if you have put the fire out.
If you have a chip pan fire: 
never move the pan
turn off the heat only if it’s safe for you to do so
never use water on chip pan fires as this will cause a fireball.
If you have an electrical fire in the kitchen:
pull the plug out, or switch off the power at the fuse box – this may be enough to stop the fire immediately
smother the fire with a fire blanket, or use a dry powder or carbon dioxide extinguisher
remember – never use water on an electrical fire

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February 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

DOVE’S Barn, the Copthorne Road nursery, is open for business today, despite a fire which destroyed wooden storage sheds and thousands of pounds of stock at the rear of the site yesterday afternoon.

The alarm was raised at 1.30pm after a site worker putting up trellis spotted smoke drifting out of a storage shed.

“It was already obvious that the fire was out of control,” said a spokesman for the nursery, “so we called the fire service at once and they arrived within a minute of two.”

Fire crews found “a range” of timber sheds on an area measuring 15m by 10m well alight when they accessed the scene, and staff ushered customers in the large greenhouse shop to safety.

Two fire crews from East Grinstead, who were joined by a pump from Crawley and a water carrier from Horley, extinguished the blaze and left the site just before 4pm.

“There was no panic and the staff knew what to do, so it all went well and no-one was injured,” she said.

The cause of the fire has not been established but a fire investigation officer has been at the nursery to examine the burned-out sheds which had been used to store fertiliser and garden chemicals.

Photo courtesy of Michael Wickham

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February 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

AS their colleagues fight a blaze at Dove’s Barn, the Technical Rescue unit are carrying out a training exercise at the former Caffyn’s site this evening.


Photos courtesy of Mo W @cranmerno/East Grinstead Fire and Rescue


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February 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

FIRE crews from East Grinstead, Lingfield and Horley are fighting a blaze in sheds at Dove’s Barn on the Copthorne Road this afternoon.

Thick smoke is drifting from the scene and there are traffic delays westward on the A264.

Reader Michael Wickham shared this video from the scene.

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February 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead Fire and Rescue crew gave a talk to the women’s branch of the Royal British Legion today.

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February 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WE are getting reports of a fire at Dove’s Barn on the Copthorne Road this afternoon where sheds are alight.

East Grinstead and Crawley Fire and Rescue are at the scene.

There are delays westbound on the A264.

More when we have it.


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February 2nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

TWO fire crews from East Grinstead tackled a blaze at a residential address in Horsted Lane, Sharpthorne last night.

The alarm was raised at 8.30pm and was initially attended by the Grinstead firefighters and a crew from Forest Row.

They arrived to find the two storey, 5 x 10 metre dwelling, and a wood store, well alight.

Four breathing apparatus – later increased to six –  and two hose reels were used to fight the fire, and a fourth pump arrived at the scene just before 9pm.

By 9.04pm all the people associated with the house were accounted for and safe, and the incident was declared over at 11.05.

Ten per cent of the house, and 70 per cent of the wood store were destroyed by the fire.

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February 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

TWO crews from East Grinstead and another from Forest Row are tackling a house fire in Sharpthorne tonight.

More when we have it.


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February 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WEST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued a video warning about the dangers of microwave ovens, after they put out 28 fires started by them last year.

Microwave fires – which have been caused by people cooking anything from Christmas puddings to pies – can very quickly fill a home with smoke putting lives, and property, at risk.

The video shows how quickly a sponge pudding can become a blackened smoking mess after just three minutes.

So check cooking times for your appliance carefully – and don’t leave you microwave unattended.

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January 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead firefighters tackled a blaze in a front room on Moat Road this afternoon after material left on top of a wood burner caught light.

The blaze was extinguished using one hose reel and the occupier was treated for smoke inhalation.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has issued guidelines for the safe use of wood burners and offers the following advice to stay safe while using one:

“We would strongly advise people not to stack logs or place any other combustible materials directly next to wood burners and make sure that your fire is extinguished before you go out or go to bed.

We would also like to remind people of the importance of having a working smoke detector on each level of their home and testing them regularly.

Make sure your appliance is installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Only burn dry seasoned wood that has been split properly. Don’t use wood that has been rained on or is damp.

Chimneys should be swept before the start of each heating season and should also be inspected regularly.”

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January 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

A wInd-damaged sign which was left dangling over the pavement above Domino’s was taken down and lowered to safety by East Grinstead’s fire crew this morning.

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