‘I have never seen any­thing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horror -

Stan­hope ward mem­ber Cllr Bren­dan Chilton was at the scene of the fire on Mon­day night. He ar­rived in Brench­ley Close at around 9pm.

He said: “It re­ally was an hor­rific site. It was a pil­lar of smoke. I mean, you’d never seen any­thing like it.

“When I was there the flames had near enough gone out, but the fire­fight­ers were still spray­ing the house. There was just a lot of smoke.”

The Labour coun­cil­lor also praised the emer­gency ser­vices, adding: “I have never seen so many fire­fight­ers in one place. The work they did was out­stand­ing.

“Luck­ily the fam­ily and their two dogs made it out of the house.

“The sup­port from neigh­bours was bril­liant. I was with the fam­ily on Mon­day night and peo­ple were al­ready hand­ing Rose things. They were wor­ried about los­ing fam­ily pic­tures, but they did say a lot of them have been up­loaded to Face­book.

“What is so wor­ry­ing is how quickly the fire took off.

“Next door also suf­fered smoke and wa­ter dam­age.”

Af­ter­math of the blaze, inset, Bren­dan Chilton

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