VIDEO: Operation scaled down after '˜devastating' Chichester fire

Firefighters worked through the night to put out a '˜devastating' house fire in Chichester with the operation scaled down this morning (Sunday, October 30).

Sunday, 30th October 2016, 10:23 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:39 am
Crocker Hill house fire. Photo by Eddie Mitchell SUS-161029-231136001

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews from across the county were sent to Crockerhill to tackle the thatch fire at around 5.30pm yesterday (Saturday).

The roof and the first floor of the property was well alight with 12 fire engines at the scene at its height.

WSFRS tweeted at 8.50am that the operation had been scaled down to one pump and the aerial ladder platform for the fire investigation.

Crocker Hill house fire. Photo by Eddie Mitchell SUS-161029-231136001

Billingshurst fire station tweeted they were called at 11pm and were sent home at 5am, congratulating everyone’s efforts but paid condolences to the family.

“Crews carried on the hard work that the service had provided from when the fire started,” they tweeted.

“Thatched rfires are very difficult fires to bring under control. Well done all.

“Makes you feel proud to be part of @WestSussexFire when you see the effort at large incidents like this.

Crocker Hill house fire. Photo by Eddie Mitchell SUS-161029-231109001

“But for the family this is devastating to see. Memories and belongings wrecked. Everyone was safe, but doesn’t make up for what they’ve lost.”

The A27 was partially closed eastbound at Crockerhill between Chichester and Fontwell while the fire was being tackled.

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