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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, South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Martime and Coastguard Agency 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
Sunlight through binoculars causes flat fire in Folkestone
Incident details
Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a flat in Risborough Lane, Folkestone, after it's believed a beam of sunlight set fire to curtains through a pair of binoculars. 
 
Three fire engines attended and crews wore breathing apparatus while using hose reel jets to extinguish the flames. 
 
No casualties were reported. 
 
It’s thought the blaze was caused when sunlight from a skylight window shone into the lens of a pair of binoculars and onto nearby curtains, which caused them to catch alight. 
 
Following the incident, firefighters are advising people to ensure all mirrors and reflective objects, such as crystal and glass ornaments, are kept out of direct sunlight, to reduce the risk of a fire.
Start date and time
06/04/2020 11:29
Stop date and time
06/04/2020 12:14
Risborough Lane
Folkestone
Kent
United Kingdom
Number of fire engines
3
Equipment
  • Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
  • PPE - Breathing apparatus
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