How a fire broke out at the Heart and Hand pub in Brighton

A FIRE in a basement of a downtown pub is said to have been started by an “air conditioning fault”.

When emergency services arrived, the pub had already been evacuated.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service believe the fire was started by a fault in the basement’s air conditioning system.

A spokeswoman said: “At 9.32pm we were called to the Heart and Hand pub in North Road, Brighton, following reports of a fire in the basement.

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“Crews from Brighton, Roedean and Hove took part. Upon arrival, the building had been evacuated. The fire brigade used four breathing apparatuses and a jet hose to extinguish the fire.

“Once the fire was out, firefighters used a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke from the property.

“The fire is believed to have been caused by a fault in the air conditioning system.

“We left the crime scene at 10:12 p.m.”

People were encouraged to avoid the area and local residents kept their doors and windows closed. How a fire broke out at the Heart and Hand pub in Brighton

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