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Arson suspected after vehicle fire spreads to house in Isle of Grain

Arsonists are believed to have started a car fire which spread to a house and caused severe damage.

Firefighters were called to reports of a vehicle alight on the driveway of a property in St James Close on the Isle of Grain just before 9pm on Saturday night.

The scene of the fire in St James Close, Isle of Grain.(17302427)
The scene of the fire in St James Close, Isle of Grain.(17302427)

Two fire engines were initially dispatched to investigate, before further calls offering more information led to another two engines being sent.

Flames spread from the car to the house causing damage to the ground and first floors.

The vehicle was destroyed by the flames, but there are no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze the fire with a pair of high-pressure hose reel jets, a main jet and a fog spike - a system used to reduce fire temperature from outside a building by punching small holes in a wall or ceiling.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but Kent Fire and Rescue say deliberate action is suspected.

A neighbour commented, "We told the police everything we know. The car was on fire when we looked out the window."

Kent Police has been informed and the incident will be investigated.

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