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Firefighters tackle huge blaze at derelict building in Margate

Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren

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Warning to arsonist: We will catch you

Dreamland in Margate has come perilously close to experiencing its worst nightmare: destruction by fire. The famous amusement park and iconic Scenic Railway were severely damaged in an arson attack six years ago.

Now a remarkable 20 million pound restoration project is starting to take shape. But last night fire-raisers struck again, triggering a review of security on the site. Nashreen Issa reports She spoke to Paul Thorn from Beacon Bingo and Thanet District Councillor Iris Johnston.

Kent council 'grateful' for public's quick thinking after railway fire

The leader of a Kent council has praised the public for their help in reporting the fire that broke out at a scenic railway site last night.

Members of the public called the emergency services after the Dreamland site in Margate caught alight - which is believed to have been started deliberately.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service managed to quickly extinguish the fire and there was no damage to the Grade II listed structure.

We are very grateful to the members of the public who reported the incident last night and to the Fire Service for their quick and effective response.

Council officers attended to assess the damage, along with our partners at The Dreamland Trust, and are back on site this morning to review what measures need to be put in place to prevent a repeat incident.

Thankfully there has not been any damage to the Scenic Railway and plans will progress as scheduled to develop the exciting new amusement park.”

– Cllr Iris Johnston, Thanet Council Leader

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Dreamland site fire 'believed to be started deliberately'

The fire which broke out last night at the Dreamland site in Margate is believed to have been started deliberately.

The fire started in a building within the Scenic Railway site but no damage has been caused to the Grade II listed structure itself.

A statement from Thanet District Council said: "The council is working with Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent Police to establish the cause of the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately."

Work is now underway to see if additional security measures are needed around the site.

Dreamland visitor centre opens today

Dreamland closed in 2003 Credit: ITV Meridian

The Dreamland visitor centre will open today paving the way for the reopening of the historic theme park. Dreamland was one of the country's oldest amusement parks and at one time included a zoo, miniature railway, a cinema, a 2,000-capacity ballroom and Europe's largest big wheel.

But as tastes changed the amusement park fell on hard times, before it finally closed in 2003.

The amusement park closed in 2003 Credit: ITV Meridian
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