Fire at Peacocks in Littlehampton High Street

SIX fire engines were present after part of a shop on the high street was set on fire this afternoon.

The fire broke out at Peacocks on Littlehampton High Street just after 12pm.

Surrey Street nearby was also closed.

Black smoke billowed from the front of the clothing store and from the roof.

The Argus: clouds of smoke from the shop roof. Image by Carl LeeSmoke rises from the shop roof. Image by Carl Lee

Six fire engines initially responded, but the incident was reduced to two vehicles around 1:45 p.m., which remained on site to prevent a flare-up.

Sainsburys, which is next door, is also believed to have been evacuated.

A spokesman for the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) said: “Six fire crews are currently dealing with a shop fire in the High Street in Littlehampton.

The Argus: Damage to an apparent building ventDamage to an apparent ventilation opening on the building

“Sussex Police are also present and Surrey Street is currently closed.

“Please avoid the area if possible during this ongoing incident.”

Another update from WSFRS read: “The incident is now being scaled back although two crews will remain on site.

The Argus: firefighters after putting out the fireFirefighters after extinguishing the fire

“Surrey Street will remain closed but Sussex Police are expected to make a decision on whether to reopen the street shortly.”

Carl Lee, 44, was working nearby in the parking lot behind the store and saw smoke billowing.

He said: “I was over in the car park and all of a sudden I saw smoke coming up, lots of it.

The Argus: The front of the Peacocks storeThe front of the Peacocks shop

“It happened around 11 a.m. I was moving customer cars and noticed the smoke.

“Sainsbury’s was evacuated although I think it was a precautionary measure as there was no visible damage.

The road was reopened around 2:30 p.m. and traffic returned to normal.

Shoppers have been evacuated, but it’s unclear if there are any casualties at this time.

WSFRS has been contacted for further comments. Fire at Peacocks in Littlehampton High Street

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