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Rabbit dies in fire at house in Ashford

By Kristina Curtis

Fire crews were called to a house in the early hours of this morning to tackle a large blaze, in which a pet rabbit died.

The fire was in a property in Luddenham Close in Stanhope, near Ashford.

An electrical fault in the lighting in an upstairs bedroom is believed to have been the cause.

The damaged house (2524430)
The damaged house (2524430)

Four fire engines attended the scene at around 1am and crews used three hose reel jets, two main jets and compressed air foam to extinguish the blaze, which completely destroyed the roof and first floor of the property.

Luckily, nobody was injured.

The residents, a mother and daughter, were outside of the property when the emergency services arrived.

The damaged house (2526361)
The damaged house (2526361)

Crews then managed to rescue two rabbits and a cat, but sadly one rabbit died.

The Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) Volunteer Response Team was also in attendance, assisting and supporting the residents, as well as neighbours whose properties had been affected by the fire.

The damaged house (2526359)
The damaged house (2526359)

Crews left the scene around 4.30am.

VIDEO: Crews were at the scene for nearly four hours. Credit: @dannybrava

One resident said: "I was at the other end of Stanhope and could smell smoke.

"At first I thought it was one of the houses in our close but when I walked out I could see the fire over the rooftops."

Residents are now rallying around to try and set up a fundraising page for the family. For more details click here.

VIDEO: The fire has destroyed the first floor and roof of the home

VIDEO: The damage to the house was clear later this morning

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