UPDATE: House fire in Hempstead
Update at 1740, 16/05/19
Firefighters are now damping down and turning over any remaining hot spots. The fire is believed to have started in a bin while the elderly female resident was asleep on the sofa. Fortunately, smoke alarms which our Safe and Well team installed for her recently, sounded to alert her to the fire. This allowed her to get out of the property before it spread. Her dog was also out of the property on arrival.
Leanne McMahon, Group Manager for Community Safety said: "We cannot stress enough how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your property. Such a simple devise can save your life. It really is worth testing your smoke alarms weekly, it takes a few seconds.
“KFRS offers a free Safe and Well service where officers visit vulnerable people in their homes to provide safety advice, including the fitting of free smoke alarms where necessary. We highlight any risks from fire in the home, give fire prevention tips, advice on night-time routines and help to plan escape routes in the event of a fire.”
For more information about the Safe and Well service, visit www.kent.fire-uk.org/homesafety
Firefighters are dealing with a fire involving a house in Harrow Road, Hempstead, Gillingham. Four fire engines are in attendance and crews wearing breathing apparatus are using hose reel jets and water from a hydrant to tackle the fully-developed blaze, which involves the whole property. One casualty was already out of the house before the crews arrived and is in the care of SECAmb. Kent Police is also in attendance and a British Red Cross support unit has also been sent to the property. The cause of the fire is not yet known.