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Maidstone fire: firefighters expected to remain ‘for the rest of the day’

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Original article from Kent Live

A dramatic and serious fire in Maidstone's town centre will see fire crews remain on the scene until the end of the day.

A statement released by Kent Fire and Rescue Service detailed the current status of the fire, as responders have been on the scene for over twelve hours.

It said: "Eight fire engines remain at the scene of a fire in a nightclub and restaurant in Week Street, Maidstone.

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"Firefighters have been using hose reel jets, main jets and a covering jet to extinguish the fire, which is now under control.

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"Crews are expected to remain in attendance for the rest of the day."

"A residents and business helpline has 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."

A cordon has also been set up in the area, preventing members of the public from getting too close to the scene.

The cordon has been set up From St Francis Catholic Church, opposite the Society Rooms Wetherspoons pub, down to Payden's Pharmacy on the corner of Week Street and Brewer Street.

It also extends down Brewer Street to the GP surgery, creating a cordoned area of around 120sq metres.

The fire crews in attendance are now well into their twelfth hour of fighting the fire, which was first reported at 2.30am this morning (July 14).

Initial orders for nearby homes and businesses to keep their windows and doors closed have been lifted, but the public are urged to stay away from the scene until the cordon is removed.

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