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Huge fire causes city road closures

By Kelly Wickham


Road closures were put in place on Tuesday night for a few hours due to a huge fire.


An industrial building near the Westhampnett household waste recycling centre in State Street was seen ablaze in the evening.


A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 8.16pm to reports of an industrial building well alight in Stane Street, Chichester.


“Two crews from Chichester and two from Bognor Regis were initially mobilised to the scene, followed by the incident command unit from Haywards Heath.


Crews from Arundel and East Preston were also mobilised to help deal with the incident.


“The road was closed from the Chichester bypass roundabout to the entrance to the household waste recycling site to allow crews to tackle the fire safely.


“Firefighters used four main jets, two hose reels, two hydrants and compressed air foam to bring the fire under control. They also used four sets of breathing apparatus.


“Crews remained at the scene for a number of hours damping down and turning over, using a thermal imaging camera to identify any remaining hotspots, with the last crew leaving the scene at around 1am.


“Officers have returned to the scene this morning (Wednesday) to carry out a re-inspection.”

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