Police investigate nine suspected arson cases in Margate in one night

One of the fires was at Fort Road Yard

A series of deliberate fires across Margate last night (June 22) are being linked by detectives.

Officers are investigating nine suspected arson incidents which happened between 9pm and midnight. Over the three-hour period mattresses, rubbish and bins were intentionally ignited and both Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the police were called to investigate.

In one incident a gas pipe in Victoria Road was damaged causing a potential danger to those in the area. Another incident was the blaze at Fort Road Yard, putting several businesses and artist studios under threat of ruin.

Officers are currently reviewing CCTV and appealing for anyone with any information to come forward. In particular they are keen to speak with a white male described as being his 20s with short ginger hair and wearing a khaki jacket.

Fire at Fort Road Yard

The incidents include:

A rubbish fire in the doorway of a building in High Street

A bin shed fire in Union Row

Garages ignited in Cobbs Place

A mattress burned in Byron Avenue, Booth Place and Alkali Row

A bin fire in Victoria Road and New Street

A rubbish fire in Addington Street

Kent Fire and Rescue has confirmed attendance. S spokesperson added: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a large rubbish fire on Alkali Row in Margate at around 9:58pm. Three fire engines were sent to the scene and crews used a main jet to extinguish the fire. The cause is believed to have been deliberate. .

“We attended a fire on Victoria Road at around 10:29pm on 22 June. Two fire engines were sent to the scene and crews arrived to find wheelie bins alight in an area outside of a domestic property. Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. The cause is believed to have been deliberate.

“The service was also called to a mattress and plant pot on fire at around 10:55pm in Byron Avenue. One fire engine attended to put out the fire. The cause is believed to have been deliberate.”

Anyone with any information that may help police is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 22-1790. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.


  1. The fire in Victoria Road could have ended in tragedy whoever started the fire started it by gas mains and the people of the property had to climb out of the window and climb down and away to saftey dad and children are all OK. As bad as these fires are dangerous and the stupidity of the arsonist it also highlights the amount of dumping of rubbish in the area of thanet. 3 mattresses set alight rubbish in shop doorway bins it’s only going to get worse with the refuse sites now charging for dumping of certain things. We have to report anyone we see dumping rubbish take the registration number if a vehicle if you have a phone take a photo if save to do it if you see a large amount of rubbish phone the council or report it on line where it is plus a photo if possible we all need to do this for our own peace of mind. I hope the police catch up with the moron / morons who started the fires as quick as possible you never know if they will strike again. We also have to thank fire service for their speed in dowsing the fires and the saving of life and property’s as they had to come from further away as so many fires in such a short time. Last year around this time we had a spate of fires in bins and the like around flats and other buildings also the rubbish fire behind B&Q at westwood Could they be linked ? At least no one lost their lives.

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