Bedding being used by a homeless couple in Margate was deliberately set alight last night (March 27).
The couple had been staying at the seafront shelter on Marine Drive.
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “KFRS was called to Marine Drive, Margate at 6:50pm yesterday to reports of a mattress alight outdoors. Two fire engines attended and crews used a hose reel jet to put the fire out.
“It’s believed to have been started deliberately.”
Crews left the scene just after 7pm.
The arson has provoked anger and disgust on social media but also many offers of help.
If you have concerns over someone sleeping on the streets contact:
Porchlight phone helpline 0800 567 7699 or from a mobile on 0300 365 7699.
Wednesday 9.30am-12pm Margate Gateway
Tuesday 2pm-4pm GAP Baptist Church, Broadstairs