Huge fire sweeps through Margate cornfield

Fire crews at the scene Photo Toni Selfridge

Fire crews were called to a huge cornfield fire in Margate last night (August 8).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to the blaze off Broadley Road and St Peter’s Road, at midnight.

Five engines and two all-terrain vehicles attended the scene. Crews arrived to find around ten hectares of cut corn alight.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet, a fire fogging unit and beaters to tackle the blaze. No casualties were reported and the cause has not yet been established.

Photo Toni Selfridge

Residents reported smelling smoke across Margate, Westbrook, Westgate and into Birchington. In Meregate ash from the blaze fell into gardens.

Photo Toni Selfridge

Crews finished at the scene at 2am. Kent Police was also in attendance.


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