Emergency services on scene of fire at Margate’s Invicta House

Emergency services at the scene Photo Ken Wraight

Emergency services are at the scene of a fire at Invicta House flats in Margate.

Between six and eight fire engines, two ambulance vehicles and six police cars are present. Witnesses report smoke coming from the roof of the high rise building in Millmead Road. Residents have been evacuated.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service says the blaze is in a section of the bin chute.

Photo Del Moorcroft

The entrance to the block is currently cordoned off.

In July an arson investigation was launched after the block suffered five fires in just one week.

Photo Ken Wraight

Last year firefighters were called to the block three times in one week following a spate of deliberate fires, mainly in the rubbish chutes but one more worryingly in the stairwell.

Photo Ken Wraight

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called to a block of flats in Millmead Road, Margate at 2.42pm to a report of a fire. Officers are currently attending the scene to assist Kent Fire and Rescue Service.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to a fire in a block of flats in Millmead Road, Margate, and six fire engines are on the scene. The fire is in a section of the building’s bin chute and all residents have been evacuated. ”

KFRS UPDATE 4.15pm: Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have extinguished the fire in the bin chute, and the building is being ventilated.

Two people are being checked over as a precaution by SECAmb paramedics, after suffering the effects of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is being investigated.