Lavant industrial estate fire - Here's everything we know so far

A building at an industrial estate in Lavant was left 'completely destroyed' after a fire broke out on Friday evening (March 5).

Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:38 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 1:18 pm

Crews were called to Eastmead Industrial Estate, on Midhurst Road, just before 6.50pm, where they discovered a 'well-alight and rapidly developing' fire.

Residents living nearby were urged to keep their windows and doors closed due to the amount of smoke in the area. See pictures from the scene hereA spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two fire engines from Chichester, two from Bognor Regis, one from Arundel and one from Midhurst were mobilised to the scene along with the Aerial Ladder Platform from Worthing and the Water Carrier from Petworth.

“Upon arrival crews found the building well-alight and rapidly developing. They quickly got to work to bring the fire under control, and managed to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining and neighbouring units."

Firefighters spent hours tackling the blaze. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

A relief crew was brought in at 11pm to carry out a watching brief over the unit until 2am to 'ensure there were no further hotspots'.

“Officers returned to reinspect at 9am on Saturday morning but found no further signs of fire," the spokesperson said.

"The fire is believed to have begun accidentally, and completely destroyed the unit it began in. Fortunately there was no wider impact to adjacent properties.”

The fire 'completely destroyed' the unit it began in. Photo: Eddie Mitchell