A large fire broke out on the industrial estate in Burgess Hill this afternoon, June 19th, leading to an extensive emergency response and road closures. The blaze reportedly started around 3pm, and by late afternoon a thick plume of black smoke was visible for miles. One commenter said on social media: “See it from Albourne.”
Residents reported hearing noises reminiscent of ‘things popping’ from the fire site, near Victoria Road and Consort Way, as the fire intensified. “You can see a huge cloud of black smoke” said one local eyewitness.
The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident, reportedly deploying dozens of crews to the scene. In a significant multi-agency response, emergency teams from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also attended to assist their West Sussex colleagues. KSS air ambulance assistance appeals to have been deployed in relation the the incident.
Roads around the industrial estate, including Consort Way and parts of Victoria Road, were reported closed in both directions due to the ongoing incident. The local authorities have advised people to avoid the area and let the emergency services do their work.
At the moment, it is still unclear what caused the fire or whether there have been any casualties. Firefighters are working hard to contain the blaze and ensure the safety of local residents and businesses.
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