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A21 traffic: Kent Fire & Rescue Service issues urgent warning to all residents after major incident

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent Fire & Rescue Service has warned anyone living near to a major incident this afternoon to shut their doors and windows.

Explosions and huge plumes of smoke were reported following a vehicle fire on the A21 near Lamberhurst at 11.44am.

Reports suggest it was a fuel tanker that caught fire.

Read more: Live updates after huge explosions on A21

Highways England said the road is closed both ways and is likely to remain so for most of the day.

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The fire service said six fire engines are in attendance and crews are working to extinguish the flames.

No casualties have been reported.

A spokesman added: "Crews are advising everyone to avoid the area while the emergency services to deal with the incident, and the road is currently closed between the A262 and Scotney Castle.

"Firefighters are also asking those who live or work in the area to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to smoke.

"Please pass this message onto any friends or family who do not have access to the internet, thank you."

Highways England said diversions are being put in place.

Kent Police's roads unit is also in attendance.

People can follow the latest updates as they come in on our live blog.

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