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Pub and homes evacuated in Swanscombe after house fire closes road

PUBLISHED: 08:36 23 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:41 23 May 2016

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The road was reopened yesterday (Sunday) evening

Around 25 people were forced to evacuate in Swanscombe yesterday after a house fire raged in Craylands Lane.

Crews were called at around 4pm after smoke was seen rising from the roof of a two storey home in the road.

People inside a local pub and houses along the road were evacuated while fire crews closed checked to see if the fire had spread into neighbouring properties.

Crews continued to fight the blaze as it spread to neighbouring roofs, before they extinguished the blaze at 5.40pm.

As firefighters battled the flames, locals were evacuated to a nearby leisure centre.

Dartford watch manager, John Allwright, praised the community’s reaction.

He said: “The staff at the local leisure centre and pub were fantastic, really supportive as were the immediate community, who really pulled together, helping to provide welfare for the residents and firefighters.

“The rapid response and actions by the crew were outstanding, they did an excellent job of stopping the fire inside the house and the loft and preventing it spreading to neighbouring properties.

“Once the fire was out crews also visited neighbouring properties, fitting working smoke alarms where needed and talking to people about keeping safe from fire.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be investigating the cause of the fire today with Kent Police.

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