Three youths ‘seen inside’ burning East Grinstead property

Firefighters were called to a burning building in East Grinstead on Thursday afternoon (October 31).

At 5.08pm, crews from Crawley, Forest Row, Uckfield and Godstone attended the property in Maypole Road.

Picture: Eddie Howland

Picture: Eddie Howland

On arrival, firefighters found fire and smoke coming out of the building’s ground floor.

A spokesman for the fire service: “We forced entry through the site hoardings and were told there were 3 youths seen inside.”

East Grinstead Fire said two firefighters made entry in breathing apparatus with a hose reel and fog nail.

They later said eight firefighters in breathing apparatus were used to search the property and extinguish the fire.

Picture: Eddie Howland

Picture: Eddie Howland

The incident is currently under investigation.

A spokesman for West Sussex Fire said: “We received a call at 5.05pm to a report of a fire at Maypole Road, East Grinstead.

“Two appliances were initially sent from East Grinstead and Crawley.

“Upon arrival crews encountered a fire in a large three-storey derelict house and a further four appliances were requested. Eight breathing apparatus, one fog nail, three hose reels and safety jets were used.”

Crews left the scene at 7.35pm.