Police enquiries continue following vehicle fire in Margate

Fire crews at the scene Image Jordan Carter

Police officers are carrying out ongoing investigations following a vehicle fire in Margate this morning (December 14).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service attended reports of three vehicles alight in Garfield Road at around 8:04am.

A van was alight and flames and smoke had spread to vehicles parked near to it.

Photo Jordan Carter

Two fire engines were sent to the scene and crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the fires.

Officers from Kent Police were also in attendance.

Photo Sonia Hammond

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 8.07am to a vehicle fire in Garfield Road, Margate.

“The fire was extinguished by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and officers remain at the scene, carrying out ongoing enquiries.”


  1. I lived in Garfield Road for almost 20 years (1999 to 2018), and saw it go from a quite respectable suburban neighbourhood to a place full of druggies and filth. So this doesn’t surprise me at all. Very sad.

    • Or in modern parlance, “those with mental health and substance abuse issues that lead chaotic lifestyles, needing the full support and understanding of society” usually spouted by those that live nowhere near such people. Those that do or have lived in the proximity of such people see much more truth in “druggies and filth”.

      As a matter of interest did the decline markedly increase 2011 on?

      • I think it was just a very gradual thing as older people moved out (or died off), but it certainly seemed to accelerate after TDC decided in their infinite wisdom that small side roads didn’t need roadsweepers any more – whenever that was.

  2. Garfeild rd is full of anti-social alcoholics and out of their head druggies best thing council can do with place is run a bulldozer through it.

  3. Before blame is laid on local residents, druggies or otherwise, has anyone considered the thought that the van suffered an electrical fault or similar?? No? Thought not, it happens on occasions.

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