Neighbours evacuated and woman rescued from Margate flat fire

Emergency services at the scene

A woman was rescued from a flat fire and neighbours were evacuated in Margate this morning (December 21)

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to Margate High Street to the blaze at 5.34am.

Three fire engines attended and crews rescued a woman and provided medical support before handing her into the care of SECAmb paramedics.

Police also attended and cordoned off the area while the incident was dealt with.

A KFRS spokesperson said: “Occupants of neighbouring flats were evacuated and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to tackle the flames. High pressure fans were used to clear the property of smoke.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.”

A Kent Police spokesperson added: “Kent Police was called at 5.45am to a report of a fire at an address in Margate High Street.

“Officers attended along with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, who evacuated residents from the building and extinguished the fire.

“South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended and assessed people for injuries. A woman was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

“Residents have since returned to the building and officers remain at the scene.”

Fire crews finished at the scene at 6.28am.

Kent Police and SECAmb have been contacted for further details.