Firefighters tackle huge blaze at Westwood industrial site

The blaze has been going since Saturday Photo Jon Brooks

Some 55 firefighters and 10 vehicles are at the scene of a blaze at a Westwood industrial site this morning in Star Lane (September 15).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Emergency Control Centre was alerted at 6.20am to the large fire believed to be at the former Cummins unit on the same site as Hilger Crystals, off Continental Approach.
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Ten fire engines, two height vehicles and around 55 firefighter are currently at the scene in Star Lane, which is closed to motorists.

Residents in the Margate area are asked to  keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution, due to the large smoke plume in the area.

Nash Road is also closed to assist with firefighting operations.

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The black smoke can be seen across the isle.

Kent Police are also at the scene. A spokesman said: “Police were called to Nash Road, Margate, at 6.55am.

“Officers attended to close the surrounding roads. The cause of the fire is not yet known.”

UPDATE 9.50am: 

KFRS remains at the scene of the fire  and now has some 70 firefighters, 12 fire engines, two height vehicles, a command support unit and KFRS’ specialist technical rescue team on site.

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Fire crews have been working exceptionally hard to contain the fire to the main warehouse and prevent it spreading to neighbouring units using ground monitors and a height vehicle to rain water onto the fire from above.

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Approximately 40 per cent of the building is involved in the fire and the KFRS drone (unmanned aerial vehicle) has been launched to provide incident commanders on the ground with an aerial view of the blaze.

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People in the area are reminded to please keep doors and windows closed as a precaution, due to the large black smoke plume in the area, which is visible from approximately eight miles away.

Please avoid the area if you can while firefighting operations are taking place.