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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.

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Incident
Update: Fire at industrial estate in Ashford
Incident details
Update at 16.15 on 18 September 
 
Firefighting work is now complete at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, in Ashford, with the remaining crews expected to leave the scene shortly. 
 
The advice to close windows and doors has now been lifted. 
 
Thank you to local residents and businesses for your patience during this incident. 
 
The cause has not yet been established. 
 
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Update at 09:50 on 18 September 
 
Three fire engines remain at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, where crews continue to turn over and dampen down any remaining hot spots. 
 
People living and working in the surrounding area are still advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution, due to smoke coming from the incident. 
 
The cause is under investigation.   
 
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Update at 17:05 on 17 September 
 
Firefighters remain at the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, and crews are working to turn over and dampen down any remaining hot spots. Three fire engines are currently in attendance, and are expected to remain overnight. 
 
People living and working in the surrounding area are still advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution, due to smoke coming from the incident. 
 
The cause is under investigation. 
 
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Update at 08:50 on 17 September 
 
Three fire engines and a height vehicle remain at the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford this morning, as crews work to fully extinguish the fire and make the scene safe. 
 
Smoke from the site may increase as firefighters work with a demolition contractor to move burning materials, but there is no need to be alarmed by this – the fire is under control. 
 
People living and working in the surrounding area still advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to the smoke. 
 
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Update at 14:40 on 16 September 
 
Steady progress is being made at the scene of a warehouse fire on Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford. The incident has now been scaled down to four fire engines and a height vehicle, and firefighters continue to dampen down any remaining hot spots. Crews are also working with contractors to remove sections of the warehouse for demolition. 
 
The smoke plume has reduced, however we still advise those living or working in the surrounding area to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution. 
 
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Update at 08:40 on 16 September 
 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service remains at the scene of a warehouse fire on Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford. The fire is under control and the incident has been scaled down, with five fire engines, a bulk water carrier and a height vehicle now in attendance. As this is a deep seated fire, firefighters are expected to be on site for some time, turning over and damping down hot spots. 
 
The smoke plume has reduced significantly, however a small amount of smoke is coming from the site, so nearby residents are still advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution. As firefighters dampen down hot spots and turn over burning materials, the amount of smoke may change throughout the day. 
 
An investigation will begin to establish the cause of the fire, which has destroyed a single-storey warehouse and a car, and other nearby warehouses and vehicles have been partially destroyed by fire or damaged by heat. Early on in the incident the ambulance service took a man with burns and smoke inhalation to hospital. 
 
KFRS would like to thank nearby businesses disrupted by the fire for their cooperation while crews work to bring the incident to a close and make the scene safe. 
 
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Update at 20:20 
 
Steady progress is being made at the scene of a warehouse fire on Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, involving a large number of tyres. The fire is surrounded, however crews will be at the scene for some time. 
 
People living in the surrounding area are still advised to keep windows and doors closed while smoke is coming from the site.   
 
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Update at 18:20 
 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service remains at the scene of a blaze on the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford. Fifteen fire engines, two height vehicles and a bulk water carrier are in attendance. 
 
Earlier advice for anyone living or working in the area to close windows and doors due to smoke, remains in place. 
 
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Update at 16:45 
 
Firefighters remain at the scene of a fire in a single-storey warehouse in Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Ashford. Ten fire engines and a bulk water carrier have been sent to the scene, and crews are working to tackle the blaze and bring it under control. 
 
Those living or working in the local area are still being asked to close windows and doors as a precaution, due to smoke. 
 
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Kent Fire and Rescue Service has been called to a fire at a warehouse in Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, Ashford. 
 
Six fire engines, a height vehicle and a bulk water carrier have been sent to the scene.   
 
Due to a large of amount smoke coming from the incident, those living or working in the local area are asked to close their windows and doors. 
Start date and time
15/09/2020 15:15
Stop date and time
18/09/2020 12:25
Brunswick Road
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1ED
United Kingdom
Number of fire engines
15
Equipment
  • PPE - Breathing apparatus
Special and Support vehicles
  • Height vehicle
  • Technical rescue unit
  • Bulk water carrier
Partner agencies
  • Kent Police
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb)
  • Volunteers (Rapid Response Team)
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