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Six crews tackle large fire in Tudeley

By Ed McConnell

Six fire crews tackled a house fire in Tudeley near Tonbridge.

They were called to the scene in Tudeley Lane, near All Saints' Church, just after midday, to be confronted with a "significant fire" involving the whole roof of the large converted oast house.

They quickly worked to bring the flames under control using compressed air foam.

Fire crews tackling the blaze: Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue.
Fire crews tackling the blaze: Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue.

The Red Cross was also called to give support to residents.

The fire service's group manager David Escudier said: "Prompt, aggressive firefighting action using our compressed air foam system quickly reduced the heat and flames to the extent that firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to enter the house to salvage a significant amount of the owner's personal possessions, while crews continued to put out the blaze."

Crews also used water from a bulk water unit and a nearby pond to put out the fire.

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Firefighters at the scene of the house blaze in Tudeley. Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue.
Firefighters at the scene of the house blaze in Tudeley. Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue.

Due to the severity of the fire, the roof and the first floor of the property were destroyed and most of the ground floor was damaged by smoke and water.

After putting out the flames, crews damped down remaining hotspots.

Crews at the house
Crews at the house

A police spokesman said: "We were called by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at 12.43pm regarding a fire at a house in Tudeley Lane, Tudeley.

"Officers are attending the scene to assist fire crews with a road closure."

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