Swift re­sponse stops sawmill blaze spread­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Fire­fight­ers spent more than 10 hours tack­ling a large wood chip­ping fire at Sha­dox­hurst.

Two fire en­gines and a wa­ter unit were called to Or­le­stone Oak Sawmill at Nick­ley Wood Road at 1.50am on Sun­day. Twenty tonnes of chip­pings were on fire.

Crews used a hose reel and rakes to tackle the blaze.

A Kent Fire and Res­cue spokesman said: “There was no fire spread to the sur­round­ing wood­land. Crews were on scene for a con­sid­er­able amount of time to en­sure the re­main­ing wood chip­pings were cooled to pre­vent reig­ni­tion.”

Fire­fight­ers left the scene at 11.22am. No-one was hurt and the cause of the fire is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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