Fire­fighter thought his fam­ily might die

Many res­i­dents had in­cred­i­bly lucky es­capes as the earth­quake struck on Satur­day morn­ing. De­spite chim­neys crash­ing into houses and from roofs, only one wo­man was re­ported to be in­jured as a di­rect re­sult of the quake. In this spe­cial fea­ture, the vic­tims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - EARTHQUAKE - THE VICTIMS -

AN OFF-DUTY fire­fighter had to drag his chil­dren from the soot-filled liv­ing room of their home af­ter the chim­ney stack col­lapsed.

Vic Thoro­good works as a watch man­ager at Folkestone fire sta­tion and lives in Can­ter­bury Road.

He said: “I was in the kitchen. Sud­denly the house shook and there was a mas­sive ‘whoosh’ of air fol­lowed in­stan­ta­neously by a mas­sive dust ball go­ing out of the door.

“I ran into the liv­ing room. It was com­pletely black, I couldn’t see a thing.

“My three-year-old son Alex was shout­ing, ‘Dad! Dad!’ I found his foot, grabbed him, picked him up and dragged him out.”

Mr Thoro­good took his son and five-year-old daugh­ter Abbey out into the street, where he was joined by other shocked res­i­dents.

Loud bang

He added: “I could see peo­ple com­ing out of their houses and I heard sirens.

“I re­alised this was a big­ger in­ci­dent than I first thought.”

He had been get­ting his fam­ily ready for a day out when he heard a loud bang and felt the earth shake.

That was the com­bi­na­tion of the tremor and the chim­ney fall­ing through the house. He said: “It felt like a mas­sive ex­plo­sion. We were all re­ally shaken. I thought we might die.”

Vic Thoro­good of Can­ter­bury Road, Folkestone, in his liv­ing room which is black with soot from a col­lapsed chim­ney

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