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Car fire Tonbridge Road, Maidstone

ByAnnabel Rusbridge-Thomas

Crews have extinguished a serious car fire which is causing major delays around Maidstone.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Tonbridge Road near the junction with Bower Place at 4.02pm.

Firefighters put out the flames within 20 minutes. 

Crews are working to extinguish flames. Pic: Tom Phillips
Crews are working to extinguish flames. Pic: Tom Phillips

A cordon was set up around the vehicle situated near Rianos Party Venue.

Malcolm Bradley was the driver of the car. The 49-year-old builder from Maidstone was on his way to the tip when the fire broke out. 

The South Street resident said: "I was coming up the hill when I saw people were waving at me and cars were flashing me."

Builder Malcolm Bradley was driving to the tip when his car caught fire
Builder Malcolm Bradley was driving to the tip when his car caught fire

"Smoke filled the cab so I stopped and got out. Within seconds the car was burning."

The road was closed temporarily but has now been reopened.

South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended. 

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