Restau­rant badly

Vil­lage In­dian is closed un­til fur­ther no­tice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Curry House Fire - By Vicky Cas­tle and Ai­dan Bar­low

A pop­u­lar In­dian restau­rant suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age in a huge blaze and will be closed “un­til fur­ther no­tice”.

Fire crews spent al­most five hours tack­ling the fire at the Joshan of Wye restau­rant last Wed­nes­day from about 2.30pm.

Six fire en­gines raced to the high street and teams used a fog spike and com­pressed air foam sys­tem to get the “well de­vel­oped” fire at the two-storey build­ing un­der con­trol. No one was in­jured, but the build­ing suf­fered sub­stan­tial dam­age.

Po­lice of­fi­cers at­tended to help the fire ser­vice and there were road clo­sures in place.

Re­porter at the scene Ai­dan Bar­low said: “There was a crowd of peo­ple watch­ing from be­hind the cor­don, prob­a­bly about 30 to 40.

“I saw at least six fire en­gines and the whole vil­lage was at a stand­still. There were two po­lice cars di­vert­ing traf­fic.

“Fire­fight­ers were on the roof tak­ing tiles off and throw­ing them on the ground to get a jet in.”

The fire is be­lieved to have started in the roof of the restau­rant at the back of the build­ing.

A Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokesman said: “Swift ac­tions by crews on the scene us­ing a cold-cut­ting fire-fight­ing sys­tem sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the ex­tent of the blaze, pre­vent­ing the fire from spread­ing to ad­ja­cent com­mer­cial build­ings.

“The kitchen of the restau­rant has been se­verely dam­aged by the fire and one of the flats above the premises and the roof of the prop­erty were also dam­aged.”

Ge­off Jones, 74, from Willes­bor­ough, had been vis­it­ing Wye church­yard with his seven-yearold grand­son Stan­ley Hance when the fire broke out.

Mr Jones said: “We were go­ing to take some pic­tures of where my par­ents were buried, but we saw the smoke and I said we bet­ter get the drone out to have a look at what’s go­ing on.

“We were there be­fore any of the emer­gency ve­hi­cles were and saw how quickly it spread.

“The dam­age looks re­ally bad, es­pe­cially in the back.

“I do feel sorry for the own­ers and hope they get it sorted quickly.”

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