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Fire in West Street, Gravesend

By Messenger Reporter

Three people were taken to hospital and a dog was rescued following a fire in Gravesend town centre.

Four fire engines and around 18 firefighters, four police cars, one ambulance and one ambulance car headed to West Street, where smoke was seen billowing from a window of a four-storey building.

Emergency services are in West Street

Emergency services are in West Street

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they were called at 1.04pm, adding: "The fire is in the basement and ground floor of the property and everyone is accounted for. A dog has been rescued by firefighters."

While crews tackled the incident, rain started to pour down.

The fire had been put out by 3pm and three women were taken to hospital as a precaution after breathing in smoke. 

VIDEO: Firefighters tackle the blaze in West Street 

A Red Cross vehicle was called to the scene to provide emotional and practical support to the occupants, KFRS said. 

A short while earlier, just before 1pm, fire crews were also called to Mayfields in Swanscombe, where smoke had been spotted.

Emergency services at the scene. Picture Lauren Baker.

Emergency services at the scene. Picture: Lauren Baker.

Two engines were sent, one each from Thames-side and Dartford, where they found a small fire in a washing machine.

They extinguished the flames and left about 15 minutes later. 

Smoke billows from the back of the property. Picture Frankie Savage

Smoke billows from the back of the property. Picture: Frankie Savage

The cause of the Gravesend fire is not yet known. 

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