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Herne Bay high street shut due to chimney collapse

Emergency crews have closed off a high street this afternoon after a chimney collapsed.

People have been warned to avoid the area in Herne Bay as police and fire crews deal with the incident.

Watch: Emergency crews in Herne Bay High Street

The road was shut after bricks and rubble fell from the roof earlier today. No casualties have been reported.

Three fire engines are in attendance, as well as a building inspector.

Fire crews at the scene in Herne Bay High Street
Fire crews at the scene in Herne Bay High Street
The High Street has been closed between Station Road and Dolphin Street
The High Street has been closed between Station Road and Dolphin Street

People are currently advised to avoid the area between Station Road and Dolphin Street, which is closed temporarily while crews make the scene safe.

Firefighters have been using a ladder to access the roof and inspect the damage and other chimney pots.

Some of the chimney pots the crews are concerned about
Some of the chimney pots the crews are concerned about
Firefighters use a ladder to access the roof
Firefighters use a ladder to access the roof
A crew member inspects the chimney
A crew member inspects the chimney

At least two chimneys have been deemed unstable, amid fears of strong winds tonight.

One has a large crack in it.

More to follow.

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