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Firefighters remain at the scene of devastating blaze in West Street, Hunton, near Maidstone

Firefighters remain at the scene of huge house fire which has left two families devastated.

Fifty firefighters in 16 engines from throughout Kent were called to the three-storey property off West Street, Hunton, near Maidstone, just after 9pm on Friday.

Gennings Park, Hunton, near Maidstone, yesterday morning. Picture: UKNIP
Gennings Park, Hunton, near Maidstone, yesterday morning. Picture: UKNIP

A spokesperson for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said on Sunday that the deployment has been now been reduced as emergency personal look to neutralise remaining hotspots.

“Attendance at this incident has been reduced to a single fire engine and height vehicle,” said the spokesperson.

“Some hot spots were identified and tackled by firefighters using the height vehicle to access.”

The blaze, which broke out at around 9pm on Friday, caused major damage to the building’s interior and part of its roof to collapse, but no injuries have been reported.

Speaking to KentOnline yesterday, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) Group Manager Nick Dunnet said: "It's really difficult for the families affected and we have been working with them to help them get in touch with their insurers.

"Our crews worked incredibly hard to save as much of the building and as many personal items as possible but we are unsure at this moment how much damage has been caused.

"Now because part of the roof has collapsed we can't put people in the building. Most of our fighting is being done from height vehicles.

"Sixteen fire engines is a big incident for us and lots of them would've come from all across the county but with work from our control room we were able to insure our coverage was minimally affected.”

Mr Dunnet said that the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

He added: "Most of the building is still standing but there were major parts of the roof that collapsed inwards.

“On the inside there is major damage caused from the fire smoke and water used.”

The incident involved one building made up of two properties off West Street, Hunton, both of which are private homes on a private estate.

Photo news agency UKNIP shared drone images taken yesterday morning above Gennings Park, a 17th century building in the village.

The property is understood to be Grade II-listed and built between 1727 and 1745.

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