Sheerness fire 'suspicious'

Kent Police say they are treating a fire at a four-storey building in Sheerness as arson.

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Appeal for video footage of Sheerness fire

The fire in Sheerness last Monday Credit: ITV News Meridian

Officers investigating a suspicious fire in Sheerness which has left two people with serious injuries have renewed their appeal for information. Detectives are investigating the blaze at a block of flats in Richmond Street last Monday, 24th June.

Some people managed to escape but it's reported two people had jumped from the top of the building. One person remains in a serious condition following the fire. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident who may not have come forward yet.

In particular, they would like to speak to anyone who captured video footage of the fire as part of their investigation. Three 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy, all from Sheerness have been arrested and bailed in connection with the fire.

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One person was forced to jump, and another fell from the burning building in Marine Parade on Monday. They are both still in hospital with serious injuries. A mother and her two children were also rescued.

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Appeal for witnesses following 'suspicious' fire

At this stage we believe this fire may have been stated deliberately.

I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, such as someone outside the front of the property, before the fire broke out. I would also ask anyone living nearby who has experienced a fire recently that they may not have reported to come forward.

Currently we are treating this as arson and a man and a woman remain in a life-threatening condition in hospital. Their injuries are severe and I would welcome information from the public that will help us uncover exactly what has happened."

– Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Two people 'jumped' from the building

Kent Police attended to a fire in Richmond Street in Sheerness today. They say it's been reported that two people jumped from the top storey of the building. Three others escaped the fire and a man was rescued by firefighters using a ladder.

At the back of the building members of the public saved a woman and two children with a ladder.

Neighbouring properties in Marine Parade have also been evacuated.

Three people have so far been taken to hospital - two to London hospitals by air ambulance with possible life threatening injuries.The roads around the incident are closed and people are being asked to avoid the area.


VIDEO: Six people treated at scene of fire

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Sheerness this afternoon after a four-story block of flats went up in flames. Six fire engines tackled the blaze at Marine Parade and local roads were closed while emergency crews were on the scene.

Six people were treated at the scene, including one person who was rescued by firefighters from the building. The extent of their injuries is not yet known. An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin later this evening.

Road closed as crews deal with major fire

Firefighters and other emergency services are at the scene of a major fire at Marine Parade in Sheerness. Crews are carrying out a search of the building and tackling the blaze using three main jets and one hose reel jet. Six fire engines and an aerial appliance are being used.

The road has been closed and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

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