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Evacuations after Maidstone house fire

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16 May 2019
Firefighters have controlled a fire which took hold of a home in Maidstone, and stop it from spreading to the adjoining properties.

Firefighters were called to the Hutton Street address at around 12:30pm after a Police unit spotted a double storey home ablaze.

Thankfully one occupant managed to evacuate the home uninjured, and Police on scene evacuated neighbouring homes as a precaution.

Wearing breathing apparatus for protection against the heavy smoke, firefighters entered the burning building to ensure there were no further occupants inside.

Crews then commenced an aggressive attack, which ensured the fire was called under control in just half an hour.

The home where the fire began has sustained substantial damage, including to a vehicle that was parked in the driveway when the home caught alight.

Despite this, approximately 27 firefighters managed to contain the blaze and have ensured it did not spread to the adjoining homes.

It’s not yet known what caused the fire to start. MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation Unit will attend the scene once the fire has been fully extinguished and work to determine a cause.

At the height of the fire there were six firefighting appliances in attendance plus three other units.

Crews were supported at the scene by police and paramedics, and emergency services are expected to remain on scene for some time.

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