Two fires within 10 hours of each other in Sheerness
The site of the first
fire in Alma Road
Fire crews battled two blazes which broke out half a mile from
each other in the space of 10 hours.
The second fire at the former Victoriana Hotel, Alma Road,
Sheerness, was started deliberately.
Two engines from nearby Sheppey station were called at 9.25pm
Crews found a utility room in an extension at the back of the
They used a hose reel to put out the fire and a industrial fan
to remove smoke from the building.
Firefighters also searched the premises but there was nobody in
The affected areas were boarded up and the landlord was made
They left the scene at 9.55pm.
A Kent Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said the blaze had
been reported to police.
Planning application to convert the empty building into five
flats was submitted in October.
At 11.13am, crews were called to Unity Street where a woman and
her children had fled their home.
The mother had noticed smoke billowing down the stairs from the
A bed, bedside cabinets, carpet, television and clothing were
There was also heavy smoke damage to the top floor.
Firefighters from Sheppey and Sittingbourne entered the house
wearing breathing apparatus.
They quickly extinguished the blaze and cleared the property of
A working fire alarm was fitted before the crews left.
Watch manager Neil Ryder said: “There’s no doubt that having a
working smoke alarm would have given a much earlier warning to the
“Had this fire started overnight when the family were asleep, we
might not be looking at such a lucky escape.
“Everyone is at risk of fire but babies, children and older
people are most at risk if fire breaks out in their home.
“It’s not the heat but the smoke which is most dangerous to
them, as their bodies are less able to cope. Just three breaths can
knock you unconscious.”
This blaze is not being treated as suspicious.
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