A fire has destroyed a large industrial building in St Leonards.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called shortly after 9pm on Saturday (February, 9).
Firefighters had to evacuate a number of nearby residential properties, despite early reports.
This was taken as a precaution due to rapid fire spread and the building storing gas cylinders which exploded.
Hastings Borough Council set up a temporary rest centre for local residents affected.
They were allowed to return to their properties in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday, 10).
Crews remained at the scene overnight and warned residents to keep all doors and windows closed.
Andrew Gausden, business safety manager, said:
“This fire demonstrates that despite early warning, fire can quickly spread and destroy your business.
“Fire costs UK businesses millions of pounds, from property damage, loss of business and insurance premiums.
“Business Continuity planning is a key element to keeping your business safe from fire and sprinklers are a cost effective way to control a fire in the early stages.”
An investigation starts today.