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Farm fire at Horton Kirby, near Dartford

By Robert Barman

More than 30 firefighters tackled a fire overnight on a farm which has engulfed a building full of gas cylinders.

A large amount of rubbish including building materials and mattresses in a skip was alight at Horton Kirby, near Dartford.

After seven hours at the scene, fire crews extinguished the extensive blaze in storage buildings at the Oakwood Stud Farm, at 7.30am.

More than 30 firefighters are at the scene. Stock picture
More than 30 firefighters are at the scene. Stock picture

Firefighters say it has engulfed a large building measuring 40x20m, which contains a number of gas cylinders.

The fire in Lombard Street created a large amount of smoke in the area and residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service says all people have been accounted for and there are no reported injuries.

Six fire engines were sent to the incident just after 9.30pm with 35 emergency workers at the scene at the height of the blaze.

An investigation will be carried out and the cause is not known at this stage.

Fire crews are at the scene. Stock picture (8548757)
Fire crews are at the scene. Stock picture (8548757)

Police are also conducting inquiries about the cause of the fire.

Spokesman Martin Very said: Police were called by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at 9.53pm on Saturday, April 13 regarding a fire in a skip at a private address in Lombard Street, Horton Kirby.

"Officers and fire crews attended the scene where the fire was extinguished."

The fire service said there was minimal damage to the building.

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