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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
Discarded cigarette believed to have caused Folkestone house fire
Incident details
Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of smoke coming from a three-storey property in Bournemouth Road, Folkestone. Two fire engines and a height vehicle attended and firefighters discovered a fire on the top floor which had started to spread to the roof. Wearing breathing apparatus, crews used a hose reel jet, a main jet and water from a hydrant to extinguish the flames, before removing roof tiles to reveal any hotspots. The fire is believe to have started accidentally from a discarded cigarette. There were no reported injuries. 
 
Leanne McMahon, Group Manager for Community Safety, said: "It's so important to properly stub out and dispose of cigarettes. Use a heavy ashtray which can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn - a sturdy metal ashtray is best. It's also a good idea to put ashtrays outdoors before you go to bed." 
 
For more smoking safety advice, visit - www.kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/home-safety/what-are-the-risks/smoking/
Start date and time
16/05/2018 12:54
Stop date and time
16/05/2018 14:07
Bournemouth Road
Folkestone
Kent
CT19
United Kingdom
Number of fire engines
2
Equipment
  • Firefighting - Main jet (hose)
  • Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
  • PPE - Breathing apparatus
Special and Support vehicles
  • Height vehicle
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