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Pregnant woman given oxygen after kitchen fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a kitchen in Bush Road, Cuxton.

On arrival firefighters found the fire was out, however the occupant of the property, a pregnant woman in her 20s, was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

She was given oxygen by the crews at the scene. Her care was then handed to paramedics, who transported her to hospital.

Firefighters used a ventilation fan to clear the smoke logged property.

Quick thinking saves two homes from fire

A prompt emergency call saved two houses in Caversfield from serious fire damage.

At 4:42pm yesterday Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a large garden shed on fire in Turnpike Road, Caversfield, near Bicester.

Within minutes a crew from Bicester arrived to find a severe fire which was spreading to the rear of two domestic properties. Additional fire engines were immediately requested and Firefighters tackled the fire using two water jets, a high pressure hose reel and thermal imaging cameras.

Fire engines from Bicester, Kidlington, Banbury and Buckingham attended the fire, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. The occupants of all the houses evacuated safely and there were no injuries.

“Thankfully the fire was discovered very quickly and the occupier immediately dialed 999. Fires of this nature grow rapidly and the prompt actions of both the caller and firefighters ensured the damage to both houses was only external. A delay of even a few minutes would likely have resulted in the fire spreading inside both properties.”

– Watch Manager Chris Hollis from Bicester Fire Station


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Shops count the cost of massive fire

A week after a devastating fire brought a town centre to a standstill, traders say they're still suffering the effects. The Works bookshop in Maidstone was destroyed by the blaze in the early hours last Monday morning. It's believed to have caused several million pounds of damage. And with one of the main streets still closed, retailers say they're suffering a loss of trade. Tom Savvides talks to shop manager Michael Wright and building surveyor David Harrison.

Man arrested over Maidstone town centre fire

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a fire that destroyed a bookshop in Maidstone on Monday.

The fire started just after 2am in Week Street and quickly spread to adjoining properties.

The man is from the Maidstone area and is being held in custody.

Meanwhile the police are continuing to work to establish any potential links with a series of car fires in the Buckland Road and Somerfield Road area earlier the same morning.

Maidstone man released without charge

A man who police were questioning in connection with major fires in Maidstone yesterday has been released without charge.

Kent Police are continuing to look at the circumstances of the blaze and say it remains an active investigation.

Flames engulfed the bookshop in Maidstone town centre

Access has been closed off to the roads where the fire-damaged buildings are located.

However, other businesses also have to remain closed for safety reasons, while the area surrounding the affected buildings is made secure.


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Maidstone bookshop destroyed by fire

In the space of 24 hours, there have been three big fires in the south east. In the first, smoke and flames leapt in the air at the Medway City Estate - and at one stage could be seen across three counties.

Then, as firefighters were tackling that blaze at the recycling plant, a major fire started in Maidstone town centre. In Sussex, sixteen acres of Ashdown forest were destroyed as grassland went up in flames.

It's put the fire services under real pressure as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Steve Jeffery from Kent Fire & Rescue Service; Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley from Kent Police; and David Harrison from Maidstone Borough Council.

Maidstone fires latest: Our reporter from the scene

A man has been arrested after a fire destroyed a bookshop in the middle of Maidstone in Kent overnight.

The blaze at "The Works" on Week Street also affected four other neighbouring stores. It is thought the pedestrianised area outside the shops will have to remain closed for at least 48 hours. Our reporter David Johns sent this from the scene.

Maidstone town centre fires reaction: The council's Emergency Planning Manager

The emergency services are still dealing with the aftermath of the two fires in the centre of Maidstone on Sunday. Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for some time.

Access has been closed off to the roads where the fire-damaged buildings are located. However, that means other businesses - untouched by the flames - also have to remain closed for safety reasons, while the area surrounding the affected buildings is made secure.

David Harrison, the Emergency Planning Manager for Maidstone Borough Council, said that closing off part of Week Street from the junction with the HSBC bank to Fremlin Walk was necessary to ensure public safety.

Maidstone town centre fires reaction: The stallholder

Stallholder Kris van Haeften turned up to set up his fruit and vegetable stall in the centre of Maidstone this morning, only to find diversions and road closures near his pitch because of the fires overnight. He is worried that the closures could lead shoppers to head elsewhere in Kent.

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