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Derelict leisure centre fire - 50 homes evacuated

The fire took hold on Wednesday evening Credit: Nick Bultitude

Kent Fire & Rescue Service spent much of last night tackling a blaze at a derelict leisure centre in Northfleet.

They were called to the building on Nelson Road at 6.40pm. Neighbouring residents were advised to close their windows and doors because of all the smoke in the area. About fifty homes in the immediate vicinity of the fire were evacuated with people being taken to the nearby Cignet Leisure Centre.

The police and ambulance crews were deployed to the incident. Kent Police said there were no reports of any injuries. Staff from the local authority and the Kent Resilience Team were also there to help the people who had to leave their homes.

The fire was brought under control by 9.30pm and crews remained at the site to damp down the scene.

Lorry hits Grade II listed building in Kent

The lorry hit the building on Saturday morning

A lorry has hit a Grade II listed building in a village in Kent. The incident happened after a crash involving two vehicles at the junction of Goudhurst Road and Maidstone Road in the village of Horsmonden near Tunbridge Wells. The emergency services say there are no reported injuries.

Crews from Kent Fire & Rescue Service are working to make the scene safe. Building engineers are expected to arrive later today in order to assess the damage at the building which houses an estate agents.

A telephone box and a telegraph pole have also been damaged. The road has been closed in both directions for recovery work and safety inspections to take place. Motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.


Woman & dog cut free from car after collision in Kent

Woman and dog involved in car collision

A woman and her dog have been cut free from a car by Kent Fire & Rescue Service after a crash involving another vehicle on Sandling Road in Hythe in Kent this morning.

The woman was airlifted to hospital by air ambulance. The dog was given oxygen therapy and handed over to the care of a local vet.

The police and paramedics were called to the scene

Dangerous stunt - man spotted hanging off the back of a fire engine

Man spotted clinging on to a moving fire engine Credit: Tony Scott

A man has been photographed clinging onto the back of a fire engine as it was driven through Sittingbourne in Kent just before 11 o'clock last night.

An eyewitness said the man, who appeared to be in his twenties, had jumped on near the High Street - and then back off as the vehicle approached the town's main fire station. The dangerous stunt, which could have caused an accident, was carried out in the dark, in moving traffic.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the incident had happened while a crew was returning from a call out in the town centre. A spokesperson said the firefighters on the engine were unaware of the man's presence until they approached the fire station and he ran off.

No-one injured at shopping centre fire in Broadstairs

Part of shopping centre was evacuated after fire alert Credit: Emily Jayne Miles

No-one was injured during the fire in a yard at the Westwood Cross shopping centre in Broadstairs. The fire was in a cardboard compactor. Nearby shops were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Firefighters put out out the fire with half an hour of the alarm being raised this afternoon.

Credit: Jason Brookman

Two men rescued from house fire in Chatham

Two men have been rescued from a fire at a mid-terrace house on Luton Road in Chatham, Kent. Firefighters were called to the building overnight. Crews extinguished a fire on the ground floor.

One man was led to safety from the loft space suffering from the effects of having breathed in smoke, while a second man is in the care of the ambulance service. Kent Police were also called to the scene. An investigation is underway into what caused the fire.


Huge fire at paper mill in Kemsley in Kent

Firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a paper mill in Ridham Avenue in Kemsley near Sittingbourne. Kent Fire & Rescue Service were called to the scene just after 3pm. A mechanical digger is being used to break up and move the stacks of paper on the site.

The fire is causing a lot of smoke in the general area. People living nearby are being advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution while the fire is being tackled

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.

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