A massive fire has destroyed a theatre and studio complex in East Sussex.
The blaze ripped through the Phoenix Theatre and Studio building on North Street in Lewes on Saturday evening. The fire service received 23 calls from members of the public who spotted the blaze when it broke out at just after 18:00 GMT.
Mr Sunderland said artists had lost their "entire life's work" in the studios upstairs.
"It's really heart-breaking for them," he said. "People were down here sobbing their eyes out this morning "It's a big tragedy for the whole community."
The fire was brought under control at 21:15, but there has been enormous damage to the building. Nobody was injured, a fire service spokesman said.
He added: "This particular incident had the potential of being quite disastrous".
"Thankfully the occupiers identified the fire early and we managed to make an intervention which, although there's significant damage to the building, we stopped the fire from spreading to adjacent areas."
This is such a shame for the people and the town I hope some way the can rebuild it or replace it with a new building. What are your thoughts on this?