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Fire at Folkestone's Grand Burstin Hotel sparked in boiler room on 13th floor

A major alert at the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone yesterday was the result of a fire in the boiler room, it has been confirmed.

Emergency services - including eight fire engines - were called to the landmark building in Marine Parade at around 7pm on Saturday.

Emergency services outside the Grand Burstin in Folkestone on Saturday evening
Emergency services outside the Grand Burstin in Folkestone on Saturday evening

All roads around the building were sealed off as worried onlookers watched the drama unfold.

The boiler room was located on the 13th floor of the building and all staff and guests had to be evacuated as teams wearing breathing gear tackled the flames.

It was quickly brought under control.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service teams believe it was started as a result of an electrical fault.

Crews used a large ventilation fan to clear smoke from the 12th and 13th floors. There were no reported injuries.

Fire crews tackled a blaze on the 13th floor of the landmarkhotel
Fire crews tackled a blaze on the 13th floor of the landmarkhotel

Fire teams left the scene just before 9pm.

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