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Disused pub in Margate on fire - firefighters at scene

Firefighters tackle a fire at the disused Holly Tree pub in Margate Credit: Ian Pulman

More than twenty firefighters are tackling a blaze at a disused pub in Margate.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service sent four fire engines to the scene after being called out this morning. The Holly Tree pub in Holly Lane was well alight. However there are no reported injuries. The cause is not yet known.

Firefighters are advising people living in the area to keep their windows and doors shut.

Woman in 70s rescued from overturned car in Margate

Firefighters have helped an elderly woman whose car overturned in Nash Road in Margate. Crews got the woman, believed to be in her 70s, out of the car using hydraulic equipment as a precautionary measure.

The woman suffered minor injuries when the vehicle rolled onto its side. No other vehicles are thought to have been involved. Kent Fire & Rescue Service say that she has been handed over to the care of paramedics.


Shopping centre evacuated after fire in Broadstairs

The Westwood Cross shopping centre in Broadstairs was evacuated after a fire Credit: Emily Jayne Miles

There are reports that a shopping centre in Kent has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a yard on the complex.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service say they sent a crew and an engine to tackle a fire in a cardboard compactor at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs. The fire service were called at 12.11pm. They said the fire was located in a yard area away from the main buildings. Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the fire. The incident finished at 12.35pm.

Shoppers and passers-by have been sharing their images of the incident on social media.


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Ashford explosion: Relief that no one was killed

Residents have spoken of their relief that no one was killed when a huge blaze ripped through a block of flats on Oak Tree Road in Ashford.

In the video below, local resident Hermione Best, Labour Cllr Derek Smyth from Kent County Council and Labour Cllr Jill Britcham from Ashford Borough Council, speak to ITV News Meridian.

Demolition begins at Ashford explosion site

Work to demolish a block of flats in Ashford, where an explosion sparked a huge fire, has begun.

The blaze badly damaged a row of houses on Oak Tree Road earlier this week.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire, although Gas distribution company SNG confirmed one of their engineers was working on site at the time.

Today, workmen are removing debris from the top floors of the properties, which housed a number of people in flats.

Families have been moved to temporary accommodation until the council can find them permanent homes.

Neighbours recount horror of Ashford explosions

Jacqueline Pearce and her granddaughter Chelsea Credit: ITV Meridian

Grandmother Jacqueline Pearce and her granddaughter Chelsea were in their house in Ashford when a series of explosions ripped through a neighbouring terrace.

Chelsea rang the ambulance and they both helped people as they escaped from the flames yesterday afternoon.

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