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Forty KFRS firefighters tackle Broadstairs blaze

The first crews on the scene fought extremely hard to confine the fire to one area of the roof and prevented it from spreading
Around forty firefighters tackled a major blaze at a home in Broadstairs
Around forty firefighters tackled a major blaze at a home in Broadstairs on December 8.

Crews were sent to the large detached property in Lanthorne Road just before 12.30pm, after a passer-by spotted smoke pouring from the roof.

At the fires height, six fire appliances from Whitstable, Ramsgate, Margate, Eastry and Sturry, an aerial appliance and a command support unit attended the incident.

The first crews on the scene fought extremely hard to confine the fire to one area of the roof and prevented it from spreading through the entire void.

While one team of firefighters wearing safe access equipment tackled the fire in the roof, crews in breathing entered the building and carried out a salvage operation on the ground and first floor.

A cat, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation, was found, rescued and given oxygen. It is thought to be fine, but has been taken to a vet as a precaution.

The incident was scaled down to three fire appliances at 2.15pm and tactical firefighting operations ceased half an hour later. Firefighters are currently checking for and extinguishing any hotspots and ventilating the heavily smoke-logged home.

This follows an earlier incident today in Ramsgate in which four fire engines and an aerial appliance fought a roof fire. The blaze in Colombo Square resulted in roof collapse and serious damage to the semi-detached property.

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