Firefighters tackle large derelict building fire in Gillingham
8AM UPADATE: Crews maintained a watching brief until just before 5am. Prior to this they were using a main jet and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. A thermal imaging camera helped the firefighters look for hotspots. A crew will return to the scene this morning. An investigation into the blaze is underway.
10PM UPDATE: Firefighters are still tackling the fire at the derelict building, however crews have worked hard to bring the blaze under control. Crews will remain in attendance overnight and keep a watching brief to keep the fire under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. At the height of the fire, KFRS had around 50 firefighters tackling the fire.
6PM UPDATE: Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a large fire at a derelict building in Newnham Close, Gillingham. Crews were faced with a series of single and two storey buildings covering an area of 45metres x 75metres well alight. Firefighters are using a combination of main jets and hose reel jets to tackle the blaze. They're also using CAFs (compressed air foam system) on nearby buildings to try and prevent the fire from spreading. More to follow.