Women and children climbed onto roof to escape terrifying Tonbridge house fire

PUBLISHED: 09:34 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 24 August 2017




A subsequent gas leak then saw a neighbouring property evacuated

Two women and two children who climbed onto a flat roof while a kitchen blaze broke out had to be dramatically rescued by fire crews and a brave member of the public.

Crews were called to a mid-terraced house on East Street in Tonbridge just after 2.38am on Thursday morning and were assisted by a member of the public who used a ladder to help the women and children escape.

Kent Police were also in attendance and officers closed the road, while firefighting took place.

The blaze caused heavy smoke damage to the whole property, but fire damage was limited to the exterior of the property and a small area of the kitchen.

Fire crews found two cats safe and well inside the property before handing duty of care over to Southern Gas Networks shortly after 5am.

The road remains closed between Bordyke and the High Street following a subsequent report of a gas leak, resulting in a neighbouring property being evacuated as a precaution.

Southern Gas Networks teams are at the scene completing repairs.

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