08 August 2020 12:45
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Witnesses have reported a 'big explosion' in the building - which is just yards away from the port. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said 12 fire engines were at the scene in Beach Road. Firefighters are tackling a huge blaze tearing through an industrial building in Newhaven Onlooker Thea Pitcher - who shared footage of the smoke - said: 'There was a big explosion near the Port in Newhaven ten minutes ago.' Local councillor Sean Macleod said: 'Newhaven fire is massive and the air isn't very nice so be careful.' An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: 'We have 12 fire engines at the incident in Newhaven. The fire is affecting an industrial building. Please avoid the area.' They then added: 'Please avoid the area and keep doors and windows closed if you in Newhaven.
One person, who could see the smoke from near Hove Lawns, said: "The smoke cloud is absolutely massive. "I don't know what is going on but it looks like an explosion." The fire still rages on but so far seems unstoppable. Police and emergency services are on scene and waiting for the fire to extinguished so they begin forensic tests. More to follow on this breaking story later today. Dive right in!
Like the weather, the Daily Star's FREE newsletter is a scorcher Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email A huge "explosion" has been reported in Newhaven, East Sussex, with plumes of smoke seen for miles around. More than 80 calls to the fire service following the apparent blast this morning. At 9.30am fire and rescue crews were called attend the incident in Newhaven. Officials say an industrial building was found alight and has since been evacuated. Although no one in the surrounding area has had to evacuate their homes people are being warned to keep their windows and doors shut as fire is dealth with. A witness who shared footage from the scene tweeted: "There was a big explosion near the Port in Newhaven 10 minutes ago." (Image: @montysmugs/Twitter) Another said: "Warehouse fire in Newhaven harbour. My brother lives nearby, says it's raining ash and setting off all the smoke alarms!" A statement by the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says: "East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called at 09.32 today 8 August 2020 to reports of a fire in Newhaven. "An industrial building at Beach Road is alight. More than 80 999 calls have been made to us. (Image: @nedab90/Twitter) While Sussex police also warned that the smoke "may affect you" They wrote: "Our colleagues @EastSussexFRS are dealing with a large fire in #Newhaven and recommending that doors and windows are kept closed. "If you live in the area and avoid if you're planning on visiting. We know the weather's hot, but the smoke is very unpleasant and may affect you." East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed firefighters were called to the blaze in Beach Road just after 9.30am. Residents have been asked to avoid the area and keep their doors and windows closed. A fire service spokesperson said: "More than 80 999 calls have been made to us. A large fire has broken out in an industrial building Newhaven. Photo:@montysmugs "The building has been evacuated. "As of 10.30pm there are 12 fire engines at the scene along with two water carriers. "There are no reports of injuries. "Please avoid the area and keep doors and windows closed to avoid the smoke."