Latest update on large fire at Brands Hatch workshop
Firefighters are expected to remain at Brands Hatch until around 2.30pm today, after a large fire broke out in a workshop overnight. Crews have been using a jet to cool oxyacetylene cylinders and are locating and damping down hot spots with a thermal imaging camera and second main jet.
A safety cordon remains in place and KFRS is continuing to work with the owners of affected properties and Brands Hatch management regarding the stability of the affected and adjacent buildings and assisting with salvage.
It is anticipated that fire crews will continue cooling and damping down for the next hour and will be leaving the scene and handing duty of care over by 2.30pm, when Scratchers Lane will also be reopened.
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The large blaze severely damaged an industrial unit used for car finishing.
Over 50 firefighters have spent the night battling a large fire in a workshop at Brands Hatch. Kent Fire and Rescue Service's emergency control centre were alerted to the blaze by callers who reported seeing smoke and flames from the M20 motorway.
Fire crews battled hard through the night to bring the fire under control and a safety cordon was set up due to acetylene cylinders and chemicals stored in the workshop.
Kent Police patrols closed Scratchers Lane and part of the M20 for a short time as a precaution and Scratchers Lane remains closed.
Two houses were evacuated as a precaution but residents have now returned home.
The incident was reduced to four fire engines shortly after 4am and has since been scaled down to one fire appliance.
KFRS is working closely with Brands Hatch, which is open for business as usual with only a limited area cordoned off.
The cause of the fire is not yet known but is not thought to be suspicious.
KFRS remains in attendance at the scene of a workshop fires at Brands Hatch, Longfield. The fire has now been extinguished using hose reel jets, compressed air foam and ground monitor attacks. At the incidents height there was a bulk water carrier, a height vehicle and nine fire engines. Crews are continuing to cool the incident ground and are likely to be in attendance until at least midday.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is currently attending a large fire at a workshop at Brands Hatch, Longfield. Crews are currently using hose reel jets and compressed air foam to tackle the fire.
Updates to follow.
Special and Support vehicles
- Height vehicle
- Command support unit
- Bulk water carrier