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Barman at Harvester Restaurant near Running Horse Roundabout in Maidstone helps extinguish engine fire in a Toyota

A car believed to be less than three weeks old caught fire in front of a popular restaurant this evening.

The Toyota 4X4, which according to witnesses had a 64 plate, pulled into Chatham Road before the owner went into the Harvester Restaurant, near the Running Horse Roundabout.

A barman called Arron then carried a fire extinguisher to the scene and put out a small engine fire.

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He said: "It happened at about 5.45pm and it wasn't a big fire, but I could smell it as I made my way up. There was smoke coming from the engine though."

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