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Firefighting tactics preserve Dover office building

Firefighting tactics preserve Dover office building

29 April 2015

Firefighters have been praised for the tactics they used at a Dover office building fire last night (28 April) that prevented the fire spreading to the entire building.

When initial crews arrived at the large three-storey property in Snargate Street just before 7pm they were faced with a fully-developed fire in the roof of the building that had spread to the roof annex below.

At its height, four fire engines and a height vehicle attended the incident. Crews wearing breathing apparatus used two main jets and water from a hydrant to tackle the fire in the roof space of the three-storey property.  

Dover crew manager Darrell Tonks said: “Crews faced quite a challenge, as the property is in the process of being converted into flats, so the fire partitioning was incomplete and internal doors had yet to be fitted, meaning that there was a greater risk of the fire spreading.

“Being an old building, they also had to consider the many roof voids and construction methods, but the quick intervention and exceptional fire fighting from the initial crews resulted in the fire being rapidly brought under control and contained the fire. Crews swift actions stopped the fire spreading throughout the entire building.”

The height vehicle was used to guide crews and provide a platform for checking hotspots and fire-spread and damage was limited to the roof space and a compartment of the annexe.

Crews remained at the scene for approximately three and a half hours.

There were no reported casualties and the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

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