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Probe into cause of fire in derelict property behind Gladstone Road, Whitstable

An investigation is under way into a major blaze in Whitstable town centre on Friday night.

Fire crews attended the scene at just after 7.50pm afterreports of a blaze in a derelict property behind Gladstone Road - just off the town's main high street.

Firefighters tackled the blaze in a derelict property behind homes in Gladstone Road. Picture: Sam Gambrill
Firefighters tackled the blaze in a derelict property behind homes in Gladstone Road. Picture: Sam Gambrill

At its peak, four fire engines were on the scene with surrounding roads closed.

Flames and smoke could be seen around the town.

The fire was in a derelict building close to Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed C of E Primary School.

Smoke can be seen from several streets away in Albert Street. Picture: Laura Louise
Smoke can be seen from several streets away in Albert Street. Picture: Laura Louise

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: "Initial reports of a person inside the property were thankfully proved inaccurate and there are no reports of any injuries.

"The cause of the fire has not been determined."

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