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Firefighters ask: Could a fire engine fit down your road?

PUBLISHED: 09:13 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 26 April 2017

Fire crews responding to shed fire in Shakespeare Road, Dartford. Credit: KFRS

Fire crews responding to shed fire in Shakespeare Road, Dartford. Credit: KFRS

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Residents are being asked to think before they park

‘Inconsiderate parking’ along a Dartford Road meant firefighters were delayed in getting to a fire last week.

Two fire engines were called to a large shed fire in Shakespeare Road just before 7am on Friday, but had trouble getting into the road due to how residents had parked their cars.

Crew manager in Dartford, Neil Jones, said: “We know sometimes space can be limited but please try and leave enough room for us and other emergency services to get past. In some of the narrower side streets we find vehicles are parked on junctions, making it impossible for our fire engines to turn.

“Fire engines are wide and need more space than you might think.

“Parking on a junction or a bend may stop us getting to where we’re needed at a time when every second counts and we struggle to drive down certain roads if vehicles are not parked appropriately. Please park close to the curb and straighten the wheels of your vehicle, it can make a big difference.”

Once at the property, firefighters used two high pressure hose reels to put the fire out, which destroyed the shed and spread to a number of fence panels in neighbouring gardens. Fire crews left the scene just before 7.50am.

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