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Twenty-two families are in temporary accommodation after a fire tore through a block of flats in Snodland near Maidstone.
The blaze broke out at the Holborough Lakes development at the weekend. Fortunately no one was seriously injured but many homeowners are now trying to rebuild their lives - after being left with nothing.
Firefighters in Kent have spent the day tackling a large blaze at a complex of flats in Snodland.
Dozens of families had to be evacuated at around 7am this morning. It's thought the fire may have begun on a third floor balcony.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to resident Lee Edgar, James Lisle from SECAMB and Sean Bone-Knell of Kent Fire and Rescue, with viewer video courtesy of Matthew Smith and Lewis Steeper.
Two people have been taken to hospital after a fire at an apartment block in Snodland, Kent. The fire service were called to the scene at about 6.48am - more than one hundred firefighters were deployed along with fifteen fire engines and other equipment. Some residents say their properties have bee destroyed and they have been left with nothing.
The complex of 22 flats in Lambe Close at Holborough Lakes was evacuated, while Manley Boulevard was closed from the entrance to the estate to the junction with the neighbouring A228.
Kent Police and SECAmb ambulance service were also called to the scene. Firefighters remain at the scene. Kent Fire & Rescue Service say they are working with local authorities and Berkley Homes which is the managing agent for the properties, to help provide support and information to people who have been affected. Temporary accommodation is also being provided.
The emergency services believe that everyone has been accounted for. A rest centre is in place for residents. The British Red Cross has also sent a team and vehicle to help with the situation. It is not yet known what caused the fire. The two people taken to hospital, were given treatment as a precautionary measure.
(The video is from Matthew Smith.)
Fifteen fire engines are currently tackling a major blaze at a three storey block of flats in Kent.
The cause of the fire in Pollyfield Close, Snodland near Maidstone is not yet known.
More updates to follow.