Lift rescues prompt plea from fire chiefs to Brighton and Hove property owners

Fire chiefs are urging property owners to keep their lifts in good working order after carrying out a spate of rescues in Brighton and Hove.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also said that there should be clear instructions inside lifts on what to do in an emergency.

Five people were rescued from a lift in a seafront building, in King’s Road, Brighton, shortly after 6.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 27 July) by firefighters from Preston Circus.

Earlier, shortly before noon, a fire engine from Hove and one from Preston Circus were sent to an address in Duke Street, Brighton, where they freed one person from a lift.

Preston Circus firefighters released a person from a lift at a property in Western Road, Brighton, just after 11pm on Monday (25 July).

And earlier on Monday, at about 7.45pm, a crew from Newhaven was sent to Wayfield Avenue, in Hove, where someone else had to be freed form a lift.

The Newhaven crew were providing cover as firefighters from Hove, Preston Circus and Roedean were dealing with a fire in Clermont Road, Brighton.

The aerial ladder platform from Preston Circus and a command support unit from Lewes were also called out.

The fire service received the call shortly after 7pm and said: “Six breathing apparatus were used by crews, along with two hose reel jets and (an industrial) fan to clear the smoke.”

At 8pm on Monday fire crews from Hove were sent to an address in Edgehill Way, Mile Oak. There had been a kitchen fire which was out on arrival.

And just after 8.10pm Newhaven firefighters put out a small fire in bushes at the Old Steine, in Brighton.

On Tuesday (26 July) at lunchtime a fire engine from Hove put out a small fire when a fencing panel caught light in West Way, in Hangleton.

Firefighters from Roedean were called to Warren Road, Brighton, just before 3.20pm where they put out a straw fire in a barn.

And at 8.20pm, two fire engines from Preston Circus and one from Hove were called to Poynings Drive, Hove, to deal with a shed fire. They used four breathing apparatus and two main jets to tackle blaze.