Published: 08:09, 31 December 2019
| Updated: 11:18, 02 January 2020
Firefighters are continuing to tackle a large blaze which has ripped through three homes in Folkestone.
At it's height, eight fire engines were sent to Wear Bay Crescent after a fire broke out in a property at around 1.30pm yesterday.
The fire service confirmed that the fire had spread to a number of surrounding homes later that afternoon.
Crews have been tackling the flames throughout the night and into the morning, with four engines still on the scene to assist.
Witnesses reported seeing flames and smoke from different parts of the town.
Members of the public have been advised to avoid the area.
Two people have been taken to hospital as a result of the blaze.
Firefighters are now asking nearby homeowners and businesses to keep windows and doors shut.
A GoFundMe page which was set up shortly after the fire broke out has raised almost £700 of its £6,000 target.
Charlt Sevenoaks, who is behind the fundraising page, hopes to raise £2,000 for each family affected.
He said: "A tragic fire has broken out in Wear Bay Crescent causing three family homes to catch fire.
"I’m doing this GoFundMe to try and raise £6,000 to give each household £2,000 each to get them on their feet.
"I can only try and do my part and be as helpful as I can and I hope people will find it in their hearts to help."
Emergency services battle huge fire in Folkestone
A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 2pm to reports of a house fire.
"On the scene, we've had an ambulance and a team of vehicles comprising the Hazard Area Response Team.
"We've taken two people to the William Harvey Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.
"There are no further casualties at this time."
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