Three arrested on suspicion of arson and one taken to hospital after partial building collapse in Ramsgate

The area is taped off Photo Mark Stanford

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of arson and two people received minor injuries, with one taken to hospital and one treated at the scene, following the partial collapse of a building in Ramsgate last night (September 18).

The property in Plains of Waterloo/Bellevue Avenue also suffered a fire.

Photo Dave Stillman

The third storey of the corner property appeared to have crumbled with debris falling across the road at around 10.10pm. A huge crack can also be seen in the lower part of the building. Residents in nearby buildings were evacuated last night.

Photo Mark Stanford

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 10.15pm to a report that part of a building had collapsed and was on fire in Plains of Waterloo, Ramsgate.

Photo Mark Stanford

“Officers attended to provide support to crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) and the South East Coast Ambulance Service and two people were taken to hospital (*note- one person went to hospital, on was treated at the scene).

Photo Mark Stanford

“Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident while officers work with KFRS to establish the circumstances of the fire.

“While at the scene, officers have also found a cannabis cultivation in a nearby building.”

Photo Mark Stanford

A SECamb spokesperson said: “We were called at approximately 10.15pm and ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene. We treated two patients for minor injuries at the scene, one of whom was taken to QEQM hospital for further treatment.”

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The scene has now been passed into the care of Kent Police. The exact cause has not yet been confirmed.”

A full road closure is currently in place at Plains of Waterloo and Bellevue Avenue for safety reasons.


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