Advice for residents affected by Rectory Road fire in Worthing

Advice on retrieving essential items and housing has been issued by the fire service for residents affected by the fire which broke out in Rectory Road, Worthing, last night.

Ten fire engines were called to the blaze, which damaged ten flats and five shops opposite the Thomas A Beckett pub.

Firefighters from across the county were sent to the scene. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters from across the county were sent to the scene. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Rectory Road remains closed off and the fire service are continuing their work at the site.

Any residents who need to retrieve any essential items are being asked to present themselves at the cordon in Rectory Road.

The fire service will then assess the safety of retrieving the possessions ‘on a case by case basis’, a spokesman said.

Any residents who need further help should call the fire service on 01243 642104.

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene

Further updates will be given as soon as possible.

A building inspector from Worthing Borough Council is currently on scene assessing structural damage to the buildings, the fire service confirmed.

Any residents who are displaced due to the fire should make their way to Portland House where they will be given help and advice by Worthing Borough Council’s housing team.

The telephone number for Worthing Borough Council is 01903 239999.

A spokesman from Worthing fire station said: “We are going to be at the fire in Rectory Road all day investigating the cause and surveying the structural safety of the building.

“Once this is done we can let everyone know if they can return to their properties.”

Crews spent four hours battling the blaze after they were called at 6.38pm on Monday evening.

The manager of one of the shop’s affected praised the ‘absolutely outstanding response’ of the fire service.

A spokesman said 25 per cent of the roof had been destroyed by fire along with 25 per cent of the second floor.

Click here to watch a video of the fire service tackling the blaze.

A fire investigation unit is due to attend the scene today.

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