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Kent fire chiefs issue safety warning after Grenfell Tower blaze in London leaves at least six dead

PUBLISHED: 14:38 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 14 June 2017

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London.  Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Smoke billows from a fire that has engulfed the 27-storey Grenfell Tower in west London. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire

The county’s fire service supports neighbouring authorities where required, but their help was not needed on this occasion

A safety warning has been issued to Kent residents by the county’s fire chief after a blaze in a London tower block left at least six people dead earlier today.

Some 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines rushed to the scene of the inferno at Grenfell Tower in the west of the capital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) chief executive Ann Millington said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in difficult conditions to deal with this tragic incident.

“KFRS has an agreement in place to support neighbouring fire and rescue services where required, however our support was not needed at this time.”

Bosses are reminding residents that fires of this type are extremely rare and that most blazes do not spread further than one or two rooms.

High rise buildings are designed to contain and prevent fire from spreading.

Residents are advised to make sure they know the fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their specific building.

Further advice is available here and anyone concerned about whether their home is safe from fire is advised to call 0800 923 7000 to arranged a free Safe and Well Visit.

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