Kent Fire & Rescue Service have scaled back their response to a huge fire at a paper mill in Kemsley near Sittingbourne. They had been called to the blaze in Ridham Avenue earlier this afternoon - and found a large amount of baled paper on fire. However, just four fire engines now remain at the scene.
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
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.
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.
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.
Crews from Kent Fire & Rescue Service were called to the Bluewater shopping centre after a fire at a McDonalds restaurant on the site this afternoon.
The Winter Garden area of the complex was closed to the public for an hour and a half while firefighters dealt with the incident. No-one was injured.
Firefighters were called to the site at 12.55, they dealt with a small fire and left at 1.19pm. The A spokesperson for Bluewater said that the Winter Garden has reopened for business, but the restaurant will remain closed for the rest of the day.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has announced it needs to make £10 million worth of cuts over the next three years. Union officials say it could see up to 100 jobs axed and an increase in council tax. The plans will be available for the public to comment on from next month.
Investigations are continuing into what caused a major fire at a caravan site in Kent. Homes were evacuated and people told to stay indoors as more than sixty firefighterstackled the flames in Gravesend yesterday afternoon. Smoke could be seen across the county.