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Community collection for families who lost everything in Kent fire

The residents of a Kent village are showing the true spirit of Christmas by rallying round to help three families whose homes were destroyed by fire.

At it's height 50 fire fighters battled the blaze in Biddenden on Monday. But already thousands of pounds have been raised and sack-fulls of toys and clothes donated to replace items that were destroyed.

When the homes of three families from Biddenden were gutted by fire they woke up in time and escapes with their lives but clothes, Christmas presents and treasured possessions were destroyed.

Within hours local resident Claire Passmore had invited people to bring whatever they could to the barn where she runs her business - for the adults and seven children aged between 2 and 11 who have had to leave their homes.

Residents Becky and Tom Claykens spoke of their immense gratitude to those who had contributed

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