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December 18th, 2017. Update 3.38pm

A fierce fire started in the Hillcrest area of Newhaven this morning at around 10.45am, with flames appearing to be spreading across more than one property and black smoke blowing south.

At 3.38pm - Update posted here:

Western Road is still closed both ways between Bay Vue Road and Gibbon Road.

It is reported that the Grays Infant School property is on fire. 

Six fire appliances are at the scene.

At 3.38pm - the fire is still burning, but appears to be under control.