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Fire at Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone

By Ian Johns

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a derelict hospital.

Eight fire engines were sent to the Royal Victoria Hospital on Radnor Park Road, Folkestone.

Witnesses said police officers were also at the scene.

Crowds gathered outside the hospital (15127546)
Crowds gathered outside the hospital (15127546)

Kent Fire and Rescue said 40 firefighters were tackling the flames.

The fire broke out at 8.38pm, a spokesman said.

Pictures from the scene were taken by Danny Hall.

They show spectators gathered outside the building. Smoke can be seen for miles around.

Fire crews are at the scene (15127564)
Fire crews are at the scene (15127564)

The Royal Victoria was a community hospital located on the edge of Radnor Park which opened in 1846.

Earlier this year work to demolish part of the delapitated building was given the go-ahead.

The scene tonight (15127552)
The scene tonight (15127552)

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus used a main jet and hose reels to fight the fire and carried out a search of the property.

There are no reports of any casualties.

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