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Chatham house blaze being investigated

Kent PoliceThe cause of a blaze at a home in Chatham is being investigated by police who say the fire was started deliberately .

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to enter the house, in Institute Road, shortly after midnight on Tuesday and spent two hours at the scene making sure the flames were out.

The crew from Medway fire station were able to contain the fire to the ground floor of the property and say about a quarter of it was destroyed by the flames.

No one was in the home when the fire broke out.

Firefighters say the kitchen and a room at the back of the property suffered fire damage. The rest of the house did suffer smoke damage.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We were on the scene for about two hours and used breathing apparatus to enter the building"

Officers confirmed they are investigating a case of suspected arson and are appealing for witnesses.

A spokesman said: "The owners of the property were not in the house at the time, having previously moved out.

"There were no injuries sustained as a result of the fire."

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference XY/034504/12. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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