Major 4.30am Gravesend house fire needs 50 firefighters and eight engines

This Is Local London: Fire crews at the scene in Sun Lane this morning. Fire crews at the scene in Sun Lane this morning.

UP TO 50 firefighters battled a major house fire in Gravesend started at 4.30am this morning.

Fire crews were called at 4.36am to a kitchen fire at a flat in The Poppies, Sun Lane.

Crews were on the scene within five minutes but the blaze spread to the roof with up to 50 firefighters required to fight it at one stage.

Eight engines attended and as of 9.20am five remained at the scene along with around 40 crew members.

Firefighters used eight sets of breathing apparatus, hose reel jets and a main jet from the platform of one engine to fight the fire defensively over fears the building may collapse.

One man was given a precautionary check for smoke inhalation at the scene but required no further treatment.

Kent Highways closed Sun Lane in both directions between Kitchener Avenue and Whitehill Road. 

Did you see what happened? Call the newsdesk on 01689 885703 or e-mail your pictures to tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk

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11:04am Thu 19 Dec 13

Techvedic says...

Firefighters did their best to curb the menace, however, its strange - should rather say Happy, as nothing has been mentioned regarding causalities. editor techvedic.
Firefighters did their best to curb the menace, however, its strange - should rather say Happy, as nothing has been mentioned regarding causalities. editor techvedic. Techvedic

11:24am Thu 19 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL.

OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.
ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL. OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades. Gypo.Joe

12:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

brommum3 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL.

OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.
I hope you don't need the 'fire fairies ' one day.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL. OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.[/p][/quote]I hope you don't need the 'fire fairies ' one day. brommum3

5:57pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Rick_K says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL.

OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.
What a incredibly selfish thing to say.

I watched them from 6am, when the flames started to come out of the roof, they worked amazingly well for the awkward building that it was.

Everyone got out safe and no one was hurt, surely they have done their job regardless of how many staff were there. After witnessing this today, I feel sorry for the people that lived in that block of flats, but at least their families are not a member short.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL. OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.[/p][/quote]What a incredibly selfish thing to say. I watched them from 6am, when the flames started to come out of the roof, they worked amazingly well for the awkward building that it was. Everyone got out safe and no one was hurt, surely they have done their job regardless of how many staff were there. After witnessing this today, I feel sorry for the people that lived in that block of flats, but at least their families are not a member short. Rick_K

6:57pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Rick_K wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL.

OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.
What a incredibly selfish thing to say.

I watched them from 6am, when the flames started to come out of the roof, they worked amazingly well for the awkward building that it was.

Everyone got out safe and no one was hurt, surely they have done their job regardless of how many staff were there. After witnessing this today, I feel sorry for the people that lived in that block of flats, but at least their families are not a member short.
Curtain twitcher !
[quote][p][bold]Rick_K[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: ONLY.......50 firefighters and eight engines. Couldn't have been that bad then LOL. OTT from the fire fairies, 10 working 20 running out for tea and burgers. Not to worry to much though it's only us hard working tax payers that's paying for their little game of charades.[/p][/quote]What a incredibly selfish thing to say. I watched them from 6am, when the flames started to come out of the roof, they worked amazingly well for the awkward building that it was. Everyone got out safe and no one was hurt, surely they have done their job regardless of how many staff were there. After witnessing this today, I feel sorry for the people that lived in that block of flats, but at least their families are not a member short.[/p][/quote]Curtain twitcher ! Gypo.Joe

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