- Fire broke out at warehouse at Hove Lagoon near Brighton at 8.44am today
- Nearby buildings have been evacuated with 30 firefighters currently on scene
- Neighbours in Portslade area of Hove are being told to close windows and doors
A huge fire has broken out at a seafront warehouse triggering a mass evacuation of nearby buildings.
Eight fire engines are currently on scene fighting a blaze inside a storeroom at a builder’s merchants on Hove Lagoon.
The flames at Chandler Building Supplies are believed to have broken out at 8.44am, with nearby residents in the Portslade area of Hove told to close their windows and doors for fear of smoke inhalation.
Neighbours have reported hearing explosions on social media. There are no reports of any injuries.
A huge fire has broken out at a warehouse at Hove Lagoon in East Sussex this morning sending clouds of thick dark smoke across the skyline
The blaze broke out at 8.50am this morning with 30 firefighters and six fire engines on scene
Pictured: Huge clouds of smoke are seen billowing across Hove skyline in East Sussex this morning
Large plumes of thick dark smoke can be seen billowing across the skyline of the East Sussex coastline.
One neighbour tweeted: ‘Big fire in Chandler’s building supplies warehouse at Hove Lagoon. We heard a couple of explosions, but fortunately it seems everyone got out.’
Another posted: ‘Big warehouse fire on Basin Road North just below the Kingsway coast road in Hove west of Hove Lagoon.
‘Apparently in Chandlers building. Started by a disc grinder sparking according to eyewitness.’
A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue said: ‘Six appliances have responded to to a large fire at Chandlers building supplies in Basin Road, Portslade.’
A force representative told MailOnline: ‘It’s creating a lot of smoke.
‘People are being advised to stay out of the area and residents told to shut their windows and doors.’
Fire crews are pictured rushing to Chandler Building Supplies on Hove Lagoon, East Sussex
Thick acrid smoke can be seen across the East Sussex coastline this morning after a fire broke out at Hove Lagoon
Large plumes of thick dark smoke can be seen billowing across the skyline of the East Sussex coastline