Family led to safety from smoke-filled property
Firefighters were called to reports of smoke in a property in Mercer Close, Paddock Wood. Fire and rescue control operators gave advice over the phone to help keep the caller and other occupants safe.
Upon arrival, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to quickly determine there was a fire in an electrical intake box and dealt with it using a hose reel jet and dry powder extinguisher. Other members of the crew wearing breathing apparatus escorted the occupants (two adults, two young children) to safety.
Crews then checked neighbouring properties for signs of fire spread, gave fire safety advice and worked with UK Power Networks electrical safety engineers to make the scene safe.
There were no reported injuries.