Home   Weald   News   Article

Staplehurst: Residents praised by fire service after blaze in Butchers Close

By Natalie Tipping

Villagers have been praised by the fire service as they pulled together to make sure residents left their houses as a blaze took hold.

Emergency crews were alerted to the flames at a home in Butchers Close, Staplehurst, shortly after 5am. 

The couple who lived in the house had managed to get out and neighbours alerted the rest of the street, evacuating all nearby homes.

Stock picture.

Stock picture.

When crews arrived, the fire had taken hold of the bedroom and roof void. 

Four engines were sent, and around 17 firefighters tackled the blaze from the outside, wearing breathing apparatus. 

Maidstone watch manager Dominic Moore said: "We created a fire break using a fog spike to punch holes in the structure of the property. This allowed us to get water into the void creating a super-fine misting effect, which dramatically reduced the temperature.

"A hose reel and hydrant were also used, and we were successfully able to prevent the fire spreading to neighbouring properties."

The fire is believed to have been started accidentally, due to a suspected fault with the timing switch in an airing cupboard. 

It caused severe damage to the top floor of the house.

Crews helped the couple to salvage belongings and will be revisiting the area with fire safety advice in the coming days.

Mr Moore added: "The couple did exactly the right thing in getting out of their home to safety, and neighbours were also a huge help in evacuating other properties.

"If you are unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, please get out as quickly and safely as possible, closing the door on the fire as you leave. 

"This will limit the damage and spread of the fire. My other advice would be to make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them on a regular basis."

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More