Neighbours were forced to flee their homes after a blaze ripped through a house in Crawley, leaving it badly damaged.
Children were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics after being caught up in the fire in Ryelands, Gossops Green, at around 11.40am on Monday (April 6), but it is believed no one was seriously hurt.
Men living inside the property alerted their neighbours after discovering the flames, and residents evacuated their homes.
Susan Golds lives next door to the affected property and said she cried as she watched the house burn from the pavement.
Susan, 47, was home alone at the time of the fire, which did not spread to her house or any other neighbouring homes.
She said: “I was inside and I could hear the alarm going off. I thought it was going off for a bit longer than they usually do.
The lads who live there said ‘you have got to get out, we have a fire’Susan Golds, neighbour
“The lads who live there said ‘you have got to get out, we have a fire’.”
A Sussex Police spokesperson said the fire was not being treated as suspicious.