Firefighters are dealing with a roof fire opposite The Thomas A Becket pub in Worthing.
Rectory Road is expected 'to be closed all night' due to the fire.
Ten fire engines were sent to the blaze, which is affecting buildings in Rectory Road
A fire service spokesman said they were called to the block of shops with flats above on Rectory Road, near the junction with Offington Lane, at 6.38pm following reports of the roof being ‘well alight’.
The fire service sent ten fire engines to the scene, with two aerial ladder platforms.
The incident is still ongoing.
The spokesman could not confirm at this stage if there have been any casualties.
Worthing borough councillor Val Turner has praised the 'amazing' emergency services for their work tonight