Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze in Stelling Minnis after home with thatched roof goes up in smoke

PUBLISHED: 09:29 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 08 May 2017




Crews received the call just before 3am and were on the scene for more than two hours

More then 30 firefighters battled to keep a blaze under control in an east Kent village in the early hours of Monday morning after a discarded cigarette is thought to have sparked a fire in thatched property.

Crews were called out around 2.45am to the large thatched property just off the High Minnis road.

Stelling Minnis is situated between Canterbury and Folkestone.

Around 34 firefighters, six engines, a special height vehicle and a water carrier were summoned to the rural scene to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.

The alarm had been raised after occupants noticed smoke.

Crews used what is known as a ‘fog spike’ which creates a super-fine mist that dramatically reduces the temperature and spread of the fire.

It meant some of the property could be saved from being damage.

Firefighters also used thermal imaging cameras to check for fire spread and hot spots.

They were able to successfully cut off the wire mesh, enabling them to start removing the effected thatch. This helped to create a fire break, so they could extinguish around the effected area with a fog spike to prevent the fire from spreading further.

Only by doing that, said rescue teams, could them prevent “a devastating effect on this very large, complex thatched roof”.

Crews left the scene at around 5,10am but were expected to return on Monday for further checks.

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