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Firefighters from Ashford tackle large bonfire in a field off the A20, Hythe Road, in Mersham Le Hatch, last night

By Samantha Williams

Fire crews spent nearly an hour fighting a spreading and unattended bonfire last night.

They were called to a field off Hythe Road, in Mersham Le Hatch, at 11.20pm and used hose reels to extinguish the flames.

Watch manager Andy Harris said: "Someone had felled a load of trees and placed them in the middle of a field. This resulted in a large bonfire.

The man suffered 25 degree burns. Stock picture

"We sent one engine and were at the scene for around 45 minutes."

No one was reported as injured from the fire.

Mr Harris added: "Please don't leave bonfires unattended. If you are going to leave the area, make sure they are out first."

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