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Crews tackle major fire in St Mary's Island, Chatham

Emergency crews are currently at the scene of a major blaze.

A building believed to be flats is on fire on St Mary's Island near Chatham.

Reporter Oliver Kemp is on the scene

Around 12 police, fire and ambulance vehicles are in attendance.

The building is on Main Street, off The Causeway.

It is believed the fire has spread to a neighbouring building.

At least 20 residents are watching the crews tackle the intense flames billowing from the top of the five storey block.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to The Causeway at 1.33pm and currently has 10 fire engines and a height vehicle there.

Fire crews at the scene of the flats blaze in St Mary's Island
Fire crews at the scene of the flats blaze in St Mary's Island

Speaking from the scene, reporter Oliver Kemp said: "After looking like the fire was under control it's alight again, but crews have stopped using their hoses.

"Around six fire engines remain at the scene of the blaze which is ongoing.

"A block of flats appears to be affected and the fire is still visible from the roof.

Nearby residents look on as emergency crews deal with the blaze in St Mary's Island
Nearby residents look on as emergency crews deal with the blaze in St Mary's Island

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"There are around 15 emergency services vehicles in attendance and police have taped off the scene.

"Officers are conducting inquiries to see if any residents know anyone affected or who live in one of the flats.

The burnt out roof space on the St Mary's Island property(42202481)
The burnt out roof space on the St Mary's Island property(42202481)

"It's just got worse and you can now see flames bursting out of the top floor windows."

Giving an update at 3.15pm, he added that the flames were out but the area was full of acrid smoke.

A fire service spokesman said: "Crews remain at the scene. Ten fire engines are in attendance, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have used main jets, hose reel jets and water from a local hydrant to tackle the blaze.

"Crews are advising the public to avoid the area while the emergency services deal with the incident.

"Those living or working in the area are also being advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution, due to smoke."

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