Man dies in flat fire

A man has been declared dead after a fire at flat in Gillingham.

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Occupant died despite first aid

A man has died after he was rescued from a burning flat in Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was alerted after smoke was seen coming from a flat in James Street, Gillingham, at about 3am.

Firefighters found a fire in the bedroom of the flat above a ground floor commercial property.

They used breathing apparatus to rescue one man, while fighting the flames with a main jet and a hose reel jet. The casualty was given first aid and passed to care of South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics, but was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by Kent Police and by KFRS Fire Investigation and Research Team.

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