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BLAZE: Bonfire spreads to shed and fence in Maidstone

Monday 29th June 2020

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a shed and fence fire in Maidstone.

The blaze happened in Sittingbourne Road on June 28 at around 2pm. Two fire engines were in attendance, and crews arrived to a fire spreading through the shed, surrounding fences and trees.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and extinguished the blaze using a hose reel jet. No casualties were reported, and the fire is believed to have started accidentally after embers from a nearby bonfire caught the shed and fence alight.

A KFRS spokesman said: "Firefighters are reminding the public to avoid having bonfires where possible during this time, but if you do choose to have one, to do so safely.

"You should always build your bonfire well clear of any property, trees or fences, and never left unattended. Once you are finished with the bonfire, dampen it down fully with water to ensure the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving."