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MAIDSTONE BLAZE: Fire crews called after burner incident - full details

Tuesday 28th January 2020

FIRE crews have been scrambled to an address in Bearsted this afternoon.

The Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a home in Otteridge Road, Bearsted, after embers from a wood burner set fire to a pile of logs stored next to it. 
A statement said: "Two fire engines attended and crews extinguished the flames using a hose reel jet. Firefighters then used a high pressured fan to clear the property of smoke. 
"One person was given first aid at the scene for smoke inhalation before they were passed into the care of SECAmb and taken to hospital as a precaution."
Following the incident, firefighters are reminding people to follow these simple safety tips when lighting a wood burner or open fire at home:   
 
- Keep wood burners and open fires free from clutter 
- Avoid overloading the fire, or building the fire too high 
- Make sure the fire is out before going to bed, or leaving the house 
- Dispose of ash safely and appropriately 
 
For more advice, please click here - www.kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/home-safety/a-z-of-safety-what-are-the-risks/chimneys-and-open-fires/ 

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