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Probe continues into flat blaze

The smoke damage can clearly be seen. Picture: Paul Amos
The smoke damage can clearly be seen. Picture: Paul Amos

Police are still investigating a fire which destroyed a Kent flat.

Three people were arrested after the blaze at Hertford Court, Kent Avenue, Canterbury, on Wednesday night.

Geoffrey Kear was among the people forced to leave the 24-flat council-owned building when it was evacuated.

The 59-year-old, who lived in the flat next to the one which caught fire, said: ""I called 999 when I heard the smoke alarm go off and looked into the corridor to see it was filled with smoke. Then I could see the neighbour's flat was filled with a huge pinkish white flame and the windows had been blown out."

Residents will be allowed to returned once the city council has given them the say-so.

Up to 25 firefighters fought the blaze. Crews were called at 10pm Wednesday. Canterbury crew manager Scot Pearce said the smoke alarms in neighbouring flats may well have saved lives.

A 23-year-old woman, a 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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