Published: 11:00, 07 July 2017 |
Updated: 13:36, 07 July 2017
By David Gazet and Guy Bell
A blaze which damaged two properties and left a man injured in Headcorn was caused by an out of control bonfire.
Firefighters descended on a bungalow in Forge Lane, near the junction with High Street just before 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.
Herve Emess was burning scrap in his back garden when embers spread to a nearby shed.
The 42-year-old and his wife had been preparing to move to the Lake District at the end of this month.
He said: "I was cleaning out the back of the yard because we are moving out and the end of July and I was burning bits of wood.
"It was only small but bits were spitting out onto the shed and I tried to put it out with water from the hose.
"At this point I decided to go and see the neighbour and I called 999."
Mr Emess, a photographer, was made to wait 40 minutes before fire crews responded to his emergency call.
He added: "The fire station isn't far from here but I waited 10 minutes, 15 minutes and I was asking where they were.
"Twenty minutes passed, then 30 and it was 40 minutes before they got here. They took ages.
"I had all my photography stuff in the house. I had an Apple computer, two Nikon cameras and a drone."
Bradley Crouch, co-owner of Crouch Designs in Forge Lane, spotted the huge flames from his kitchen store and went to help.
The 29-year-old said: "There was lots of smoke and I ended up jumping onto the roof to see if there was anyone else.
"The guy kept trying to go back in to do something about it but I had to stop him. He was so upset.
"All of the fences were glowing red, they were completely gone."
Crews from eight fire engines wearing breathing masks, used hose reel jets, main jets, fog spikes and a compressed air foam system to prevent the fire from spreading through the roof void above the properties.
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