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Mystery over warehouse fire

PUBLISHED: 16:44 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 August 2010

WRECK: The burnt out warehouse.

WRECK: The burnt out warehouse.

POLICE and fire officers are investigating the cause of a serious fire which badly damaged a warehouse. Fire crews were called to Denton Wharf, Mark Lane,Gravesend, just after 11.30pm last Wednesday June to a warehouse owned by shipping company Wavecrest

POLICE and fire officers are investigating the cause of a serious fire which badly damaged a warehouse.

Fire crews were called to Denton Wharf, Mark Lane,Gravesend, just after 11.30pm last Wednesday June to a warehouse owned by shipping company Wavecrest Ltd which was fiercely ablaze.

Once at the scene Thames Side crews immediately called for support from surrounding stations in Dartford, Medway, Rainham and Swanscombe and at the height of the blaze eight fire engines, a height vehicle, specialist coordinating vehicles and over 60 firefighting staff were at the scene.

Dale Brown, 19, a builder who lives in the Ship and Lobster pub, Mark Lane, Gravesend, video recorded the fire after hearing an explosion.

He said: "When we were in the pub I heard some bangs and I thought it was something outside. I went out to see and there was a loud bang.

"I couldn't get too close because we could feel the heat from the pub. The whole warehouse was up in flames.

"Everywhere was full of smoke all over the building. It was quite scary to be honest we didn't know whether we should get away from it."

Crews battled the fire throughout the night using a variety of equipment including jets, monitor jets and hydrants, with the height vehicle being used as a water tower, pumping water from the nearby river over the top of the fire and eventually had the fire under control at about 8.45am. No one was injured.

Some firefigthers remained at the scene to salvage the remains of the blaze and assist with the evidence gathering process and were still at the warehouse to help dispose of the burnt paper last Saturday (June 7).

Wendy Covington, manager at nearby Heritage Clay Tiles, said: "Nobody was here when it happened. I didn't arrive until 11 o' clock. We haven't got any power at the moment. It could have been a lot worse, we just have to thank god it wasn't."

A spokesman for Wavecrest Ltd was unavailable for comment.

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