One arrested after fire destroys barn

Police have made an arrest after fire destroyed a barn in rural Kent.

More than 30 firefighters were called to the emergency in Thanet at 4:30pm on Wednesday 9 September.

Five teams from nearby towns Ramsgate and Margate, battled the blaze for nearly five hours.

The barn was being used as storage for old tyres and contained dangerous asbestos products, Kent Fire Service told Farmers Weekly.

A spokesman for the service said the police were called as soon as firefighters arrived and informed of a deliberate arson attempt.

Kent Police confirmed one person had been arrested and questioned in relation to the incident.

The barn blaze is the latest in a string of arson attacks across Kent.

On Tuesday 1 September 120 tonnes of straw were set alight in West Hythe.

The straw had an estimated value of £10,000.

Fire crews said it was the largest stack fire in the county for more than 25 years.

 

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