Firefighters tackling blaze in Larkfield
Update 10:30am (Saturday 6 May)
Firefighters remained at the scene of a fire involving a large quantity of waste and plant machinery in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield overnight. At the height of the fire, around 25 firefighters, four fire engines, a height vehicle and bulk water carrier were dealing with the blaze.
However, crews worked hard to bring the fire under control and were able to scale down to two fire engines and a bulk water carrier just after 10.30pm. They continued to make steady progress with the use of onsite mechanical diggers and two main jets. The incident was then reduced to one fire engine, which remained at the scene, keeping a watching brief until shortly after 5am.
Two fire engines remain at the scene of a fire on a Larkfield industrial estate in New Hythe Lane.
The blaze broke out at around 6.42pm and Kent Fire and Rescue Service's emergency control centre, received a number of 999 calls, reporting a large amount of black smoke in the area.
Four fire engine were quickly on the scene and fire crews were confronted with a blaze involving approximately 200 tonnes of scrap metal and plant machinery. A bulk water carrier has been used to set up a water shuttle from the main hydrant.
Crews have worked hard and made good progress in bringing the fire under control, using a height vehicle as a water tower, enabling them to fight the blaze from above. Compressed air foam (CAFs) has also been used to rain sticky foam onto the fire. It forms a protective layer and can repel radiated heat and prevent a fire from spreading.
Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire on an industrial unit in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. Residents no longer need to keep doors and windows closed.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a fire on a Larkfield industrial Estate. Firefighters were called to New Hythe Lane at 6.42pm and are tackling a blaze involving a large amount of waste metal and plant. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus are using compressed air foam to tackle the fire.
Around 25 firefighters, four fire engines, a bulk water carrier and height vehicle are at the scene.
Residents in the area are being asked to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution due to black smoke in the area.
Updates to follow.
Special and Support vehicles
- Height vehicle
- Command support unit
- Bulk water carrier