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Kent Fire and Rescue Service attends a range of incidents including fires, road crashes, flooding, rescues from height, mud or confined spaces. It also supports other agencies including Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service on a regular basis.

The incidents shown on this page are just a sample of those which may be of interest to the public and media.

Incident
Hot ash sparks fire in Mereworth
Incident details
Firefighters responded to a fire in a car port adjacent to and beneath a property in Mereworth Road at 3.10am. Two fire engines were sent and crews used a high pressure hose reel, a short extension ladder, thermal imaging cameras and positive pressure ventilation fans. 
 
The fire is believed to have started accidentally after the occupier had emptied hot ash from a chimney/log burner and stored them near dry logs. 
 
Unfortunately, ashes that seem cold on the surface can remain hot deep inside for a long time. It's always best to douse them with cold water and store them in a metal container. Once cool, empty them onto bare soil. 
 
After extinguishing the fire, crews spent time cutting away and damping down and left the scene close to 4.30am. 
Start date and time
02/12/2017 03:10
Stop date and time
02/12/2017 04:27
Mereworth Road
Mereworth
Kent
ME18
United Kingdom
Number of fire engines
2
Equipment
  • Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
  • Firefighting - Positive pressure ventilation fan
  • PPE - Breathing apparatus
  • Access - Small tools
  • Access - Ladder - short extension
  • Support - Thermal imaging camera
  • Support - Lighting
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