Locals told to shut windows and stay away as inferno rips through ex-nightclub

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    Firefighters are tackling a massive fire near a former night as local residents are being urged to shut their windows and keep their distance.

    The blaze happened at a former nightclub in Hastings Old Town on George Street and is being tackled by ten fire crews, who arrived shortly after 7:15 pm.

    A spokesperson said the massive blaze started in a disused three-storey commercial property as local residents have been evacuated.

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    It's not clear yet whether anyone was inside the building, but there are no reports of any injuries.

    A spokesperson for East Sussex & Fire Rescue Service said: "We were called at 7.17pm today to attend George Street. We have asked for more resources and informed the police and Secamb.

    They added: "We are treating the incident as persons reported. The fire is in a three-storey former commercial property.2

    "They have asked for 10 fire appliances and the aerial ladder platform to attend.

    "Neighbouring properties are being evacuated, and we have asked police to attend to assist with road closures and put cordons in place for public safety. Four main jets are in use now."

    The emergency services have also urged the public to avoid the area while firefighters extinguish the blaze and "avoid Hastings seafront."

    The massive blaze comes a few days after Hastings had been hit with massive floods – and many warnings – causing mass distress for locals and visiters.

    On Monday, it was reported a shopping centre in the area had been closed after torrential rain left both sides of the centre underwater.

    Following the incident, East Sussex Fire and Rescue asked people to avoid the area around Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and for the public to remain calm.

    Posting on social media, a spokesperson for the service said: "We are also aware of a number of homes in the area that are affected.

    "Please remain calm while efforts are being made."

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