Canterbury Kebab house fire
Friday, 27 October 8.30am UPDATE
Around 45 firefighters, eight fire engines, a height vehicle and command support unit were called to reports of a chimney fire in a kebab shop in St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury at around 8.20pm on Thursday evening (26 October).
As the first fire engine turned the corner past Westgate Towers they could see flames going through the roof. The owner of the restaurant provided crews with lots of information about where the fire was and best access points. Kent Police were also on the scene assisting with road closures and evacuating neighbouring properties.
Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus fought the blaze internally using hose reels and externally from a height vehicle. They worked hard, in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control within around 30 minutes and to stop it spreading to neighbouring properties. They successfully managed to confine the fire to the roof space and a section of bedroom. Firefighters spent considerable time stripping off tiles from the roof, cutting away and damping down. They also assisted the owner with salvage.
The fire appears to have started accidentally around the extraction system.
Firefighters have got fire under control and have reduced the attendance at the fire to four fire engines and a height vehicle. Crews managed to prevent the fire spreading further and contained it to the building of origin. The upper floors have been severely damaged by fire and smoke. The cause is as yet unknown.
Firefighters remain at the scene and continue to fight the fire in the roof using breathing apparatus, and main and hose reel jets. A height vehicle is also being used at the incident.
KFRS crews have been called to a large fire in a three floor building used as a kebab house in St Dunstan's Street, Canterbury. The fire has spread to the roof and eight fire engines are at the scene. Everyone in the building has been accounted for. Firefighters are using two hose reel jets, a main jet and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.
Saint Dunstans Street
Special and Support vehicles
- Height vehicle
- Command support unit