Larkfield Scrap Metal Blaze

An investigation is underway into a fire at an industrial estate in Larkfield.

Two hundred tonnes of scrap metal and plant machinery were alight early Friday evening.

The blaze broke out at around 6.40pm on the industrial estate in New Hythe Lane.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service eceived a number of 999 calls, reporting a large amount of black smoke in the area.

When crew arrived at the fire they were confronted with a blaze involving approximately 200 tonnes of scrap metal and plant machinery.

They used a bulk water carrier to shuttle water from the main hydrant.

Crew also used compressed air foam cover the flames with sticky foam. This forms a protective layer and can repel radiated heat and prevent the fire from spreading.

At the height of the fire people living in the area were asked to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution because of the amount of black smoke in the area.

Picture thanks to: @LitteOne7982

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