Fire rips through Sussex industrial unit


A fire started on a site in Yapton, Sussex, on July 14, torching around 40 tonnes of industrial waste.

Multiple crews were called in from the Fire and Rescue Service for West Sussex to fight a blaze taking place in an industrial unit just off Yapton Road.

Following the call recorded at 8.04pm, firefighters from nearby stations in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Arundel, plus a watercarrier despatched from Petworth, combined their efforts to tackle the inferno.

A spokesperson from the West Sussex Fire Services described the scene:

“Firefighters worked inside the building to control and damp down the fire spread while on-site staff used a mechanical digger to remove approximately 40 tonnes of waste.”

Dividing the burning waste into different sections, the crews fought to get the fire under control as plumes of smoke seeped out from the building.

Owners of industrial enterprises, including factories and warehouses, are obligated to conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment on their premises to comply with government legislation. This may involve fire prevention equipment being installed. To make sure this is carried out correctly, firms booking a fire alarm fitter in Chester or their local area should only select a certified professional.

After a three-and-a-half-hour battle, the industrial waste was fully extinguished, with fire service appliances and crews leaving the site at 11.36pm. Fire officers attended the unit the following day at 6am for a reinspection. After confirming the fire was still out and the area was safe, the industrial property was entrusted back to staff on site.

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