Original article from Kent Live
Aerial images have emerged of the fire at Mu Mu nightclub, showing the truly devastating impact the incident has had on the building.
The incident threw Maidstone town centre into chaos on Wednesday morning (July 14), as fifteen fire engines were dispatched at around 2.30am to try to control the inferno.
The images show the roof of the building partially collapsed, as the blackened interior below reveals the extent of the damage to the structure.
The handling of the fire has been a day-long saga, with the initial fifteen fire engines dropping to twelve, and then eight as firefighters used numerous means to extinguish the blaze.
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A recent statement from Kent Fire and Rescue reads:
"Firefighters have been using hose reel jets, main jets and a covering jet to extinguish the fire, which is now under control.
"Crews are expected to remain in attendance for the rest of the day."
A cordon was also set up, from the church on Week street, to the junction between Week Street and Brewer Street, continuing down Brewer Street to the GP services there.
Members of the public have been urged to keep their distance until the area is deemed safe, though earlier orders to keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke getting in were lifted in the early afternoon.
A residents and business helpline has also been set up by Kent County Council for anyone who has been affected by this incident.
Those who need assistance have been advised to call 0300 041 2424 for further information.
It is just a month since the Green Man Pub in Hodsoll Street was torn through by a devastating fire, both incidents being bitter pills to swallow as local businesses, already hit hard by the pandemic, have both faced unprecedented challenges.
A GoFundMe for the Mu Mu nightclub has been set up in order to help cover the damage.
At this point, £255 of the £5,000 goal has been raised.