Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Smoke raised alarm at church rectory in St. Philip

Fire Officers speaking to church members after the blaze was extinguished.

Fire Officers speaking to church members after the blaze was extinguished.

The smell and sight of smoke along St. Martin's Main Road, St. Philip over the weekend sent off alarm bells in the minds and hearts of parishioners and neighbours who live near St. Martin's Anglican Church and its rectory.

Soon there were red and blue flashing lights lighting up the sky on the grounds of the rector's house and it led to a handful of persons leaving their homes in St. Martin's and Foul Bay, anxious to see what was on fire.

On inspection, with a sigh of relief, it was observed that the grass on the western side of the rector's house was ablaze and firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.

When Loop News arrived, one fire officer explained that the response came from Worthing Fire Station. The time of call on Saturday night was 7:19 pm. The response comprised three fire officers under the command of Leading Fire Officer (L.F.O) Elvis Haynes with water tender 8. 

The grass fire was completely extinguished and the rectory was undamaged.

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