Today's Weather for Cliftonville

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Cliftonville House Blaze

Sixty firefighters fought for more than 12 hours to bring a house fire under control.

Kent Fire and Rescue were called to the three storey property by a neighbour who saw smoke rising from the building’s roof and was concerned people were trapped inside.

The owner was found outside the blazing house in Lydhurst Avenue, Cliftonville near Margate on Monday.

Deputy divisional manager Mick Rowney said: “Several teams of firefighters in breathing apparatus were sent to tackle the fire from within the building, but due to the blaze’s ferocity had to be withdrawn. An external firefighting operation was put into place and crews managed to restrict the fire to the building’s roof void by using a water cooling barrier.

“Thankfully everyone was accounted for and no one was injured.”

Crews remained at the building on Tuesday to continue to cool it and check for hotspots.

Senior Officers have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire although they are not treating it as suspicious.

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