Emergency crews called to second fire in two days at Ramsgate’s former Motor Museum

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed it was called out to the Motor Museum this afternoon (May 1)  – for the second day in a row.

Crews were called at 3pm and stayed on the scene at The Paragon until 3.50pm the deal with a fire inside the building.

A KFRS spokesman said: “There was a small fire inside the building and crews used breathing apparatus, a  jet and ventilation fan  to deal with it.”

It is thought a pile up of rubbish was used for the fire.

Yesterday (April 30) crews were called out at 2.34pm.

A small quantity of rubbish was alight. KFRS searched the building to be sure no one was inside but the site was empty.

The crews used a hose reel jet to deal with the fire and thermal imaging cameras to check for hotspots.

They finished with the incident at 3.05pm.

The fires have raised concerns that someone getting inside the neglected building will be injured. Calls have been made for site owner Thanet council to make the property secure.

Janet Fielding Photo Chris Tipping

Former Dr Who actress and Ramsgate resident Janet Fielding is leading a bid to rebuild the West Cliff Hall (former Motor Museum) and create cinemas; theatres; bars; restaurants and youth facilities  under the Project MotorHouse scheme.

Actress Brenda Blethyn is a patron for the project.

Posting on Facebook Ms Fielding said: “Kids keep breaking in and lighting fires. Sooner or later one of them is going to get badly hurt. As the firemen said, it is dangerous in there. It’s TDC’s building. We have been chasing them to secure the building properly.”