Supermarket chain praise outstanding job: Tesco have praised the "outstanding job" done by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service following a fire that badly damaged the roof of the Tesco superstore in Shripney Road, Bognor Regis on Saturday May 7. The successful way the fire was contained meant the store was able to re-open just 48 hours later.(Incident Reports)

The West Sussex Command and Control Centre was alerted by the actuation of a fire alarm in the store and mobilised a pre-determined attendance of two pumps at 0523.

The first fire crews to arrive on the scene were from Bognor Fire Station at 0527 and quickly requested additional appliances when they found a rapidly developing fire in the first floor and roof space at the rear of the store, in an area used mainly for storage and staff welfare.

Pumps were increased to six and then ten, plus an aerial ladder platform at 0547 and a further assistance message 'make pumps 15' was sent at 0558 by Station Officer Martin Rawson.

The fire had broken out through the roof and was spreading behind false ceilings above the staff canteen with smoke logging the main retail area. …

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