Ten fire engines sent to ongoing blaze opposite The Thomas A Becket pub in Worthing

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

Firefighters are dealing with a roof fire opposite The Thomas A Becket pub in Worthing.

UPDATE: Ten flats and five shops 'badly affected' but fire is 'under control'

The fire is currently ongoing. Picture: Dave Crouch

The fire is currently ongoing. Picture: Dave Crouch

Rectory Road is expected 'to be closed all night' due to the fire.

Ten fire engines were sent to the blaze, which is affecting buildings in Rectory Road

A fire service spokesman said they were called to the block of shops with flats above on Rectory Road, near the junction with Offington Lane, at 6.38pm following reports of the roof being ‘well alight’.

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

Ten fire engines from across the county were sent to the blaze. Picture: Dave Crouch

Ten fire engines from across the county were sent to the blaze. Picture: Dave Crouch

The fire service sent ten fire engines to the scene, with two aerial ladder platforms.

PICTURES: Drone photos show the full scale of the blaze

The incident is still ongoing.

The spokesman could not confirm at this stage if there have been any casualties.

Worthing borough councillor Val Turner has praised the 'amazing' emergency services for their work tonight