Gas alarm sparks evacuation of Brighton seafront hotel

Six fire crews have been called to a seafront hotel in Brighton this afternoon (April 23) after a gas alarm sounded.

Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 3:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 5:58 pm
The fire service at the hotel on Brighton seafront

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) was called to Kings Road, Brighton at 12.30pm to 'reports of smoke and a gas alarm sounding'.

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A fire service spokesperson said: "The premises have been evacuated. Firefighters are still at the scene. No casualties reported."

The fire service at the hotel on Brighton seafront

Part of the seafront road is sealed off while the incident is dealt with.

At 2.31pm, the fire service said: "Brighton seafront from Madeira Drive to West Street, due to an ongoing incident. Part of the road between Middle Street and West Street is closed. Drivers urged to use an alternative route."

Brighton and Hove Buses said: "We've been informed of a chemical/gas leak on the seafront in Brighton resulting in a road closure.

"Eastbound traffic is being diverted via West Street and Queens Road, causing further severe congestion and delays to services."

Fire service at the scene in Brighton

Update: ESFRS said fire crews left the scene at 4.35pm.

Fire officers enter the building in protective suits
Fire officers have sealed off the seafront road