Firefighters tackle out of control bonfire near Ashford
Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a large fire involving an out of control bonfire at Bliby Business Centre in Mersham near Ashford. Fire control received a number of calls reporting of a large black plume of smoke. Four fire engines were sent to the incident. Crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets and compressed air foam to fight the fire. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is believed to have been accidental and is thought to have started when the embers from a bonfire spread to approximately 8 tonnes of stored plastic due to be recycled. The plastic caught fire and eventually the fire spread to the facia of two buildings causing minor damage to the outside of the buildings.
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- Firefighting - High-pressure hose reel jet
- Firefighting - Compressed air foam system (CAFs)
- PPE - Breathing apparatus