Crews called to cottage blaze in Birchington and community gardens fire in Margate

Emergency services at the scene Photo@ThanetPolice

Fire crews and police are currently at the scene of a blaze in Birchington.

Some seven fire engines responded to the property fire off Minnis Road this afternoon (June 20). The blaze is at a thatched roof cottage.

Fire crews were called at 3.08pm.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to a fire in a thatched property in Minnis Road, Birchington.

“Seven fire engines and a bulk water carrier are at the scene, and crews wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the blaze with main jets. There are currently no reported injuries and the cause is not yet known.”

Photo Manston Matthew

The road is closed from Ethelbert Road to Saint Mildred’s Avenue while crews deal with the incident. Police are directing traffic via a diversion.

UPDATE: The road has been reopened. Fire crews finished at the scene at 5.49pm. There are no reported injuries. The blaze is believed to have started due to an electrical fault.

Fire crews have also been called to the Windmill Community Gardens allotment in Margate.

Photo Toni Selfridge

Two residents in the area, off Dane Valley Road, managed to damp the area down with a hose at around 3.30pm while waiting for crews to arrive.

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