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West Malling cornfield fire

Firefighters are tackling a blaze that has broken out in a cornfield.

Kent Fire and Rescue received a number of calls to the incident at Ashton Way, A228, West Malling Bypass.

A total of eight fire engines have been deployed over the afternoon as the fire spread to hedgerows and farm buildings.

The fire off the A228 near West Malling. Picture: Harry Penn
The fire off the A228 near West Malling. Picture: Harry Penn

Vast plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the site where crews have been taking on the flames with hoses and beaters.

Farm machinery is being used to create a firebreak to help prevent the fire from spreading further and to break down some stacks of baled straw.

Video from the scene

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Motorists are being warned to take extra care due to smoke drifting across the road while nearby residents are also being advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

One lane of the bypass has been closed between Tower View and West Malling Railways Station due to the fire.

This is the fourth standing corn fire to have erupted in three days following similar incidents in Stodmarsh, Stockbury, and Dartford.

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