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Worker tackles caravan blaze

FIREFIGHTERS praised the quick actions of a volunteer at Bearsted Caravan Club, near Hollingbourne. Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) received a 999 call at its emergency control centre shortly be- fore 11am on August 25 from Dave Francis, who works at the site in the Ashford Road, after he heard a smoke alarm in one of the caravans. Mr Francis said: "I grabbed one of

the dedicated fire extinguishers that we have on site andwent to investi- gate, calling the fire service and the owner on myway. “As soon as I spotted the flames, I

got in and tackled the fire. The fire crew arrived within no time and made sure the fire was completely

Don’t leave pans unattended and clear up after you’ve used them. Turn off all appliances before you leave the caravan or go to bed Make sure ashtrays are made of a material that can’t burn – and never smoke in bed. Never dry clothes over the stove

out and that all the gas and electric- ity supplieswere isolated." KFRS crew manager Dominic

Moore said: “Fires can spread easily in a confined space, fed by the many flammable materials in caravan. “This one is believed to have been caused after awashing up bowlwas left on an electric hob, which had ac- cidentally been switched on. “Please don’t store items on top of cookers. My other advice would be to make sure you have working smoke alarms. They are the real life- savers in every property." Crews were at the scene for ap- proximately 25 minutes but will re- visit the site to speak to other caravan owners about fire safety.

Fire safety in your mobile home

or near gas heaters. Remove any litter and rubbish fromnear the caravan to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Make sure the caravan iswell ventilated, and air vents are never blocked, to avoid a build up of poisonous gases.

News More room to party at pub

THE George Inn at Leeds has opened a new £40,000 function room. The historic pub near Maidstone has been run by mum-of-two Deborah

Tharp for the last three years. She grew up in Maidstone and has worked at the pub for nine years. Until now, the pub has

held functions in the dining room, but this reduced the room for regular customers. The new function area

– formerly a first floor storage area – has been converted in a joint project with brewery Shepherd Neame. Work started inMay and the new room is now ready for business, boasting a new bar and original panelledwalls and oak beams. Deborah, pictured with husband Jason, said: “The George Inn is the hub

of the village, and therewas a lot of demand for somewhere for private events. As it is a traditional pub, thiswas the onlywaywe could expand.”

Scary sprint to help hospice

THE Monster Dash and Running Scared, organised by Demelza Hospice Care for Children, is on Friday, October 28 at Mote Park. Walk, jog or run the Pumpkin Path and Slime Time Alley while ghostly figures and menacing monsters leap out. Running Scared, recommended for over 16s, is a 5km course with

UV paint, foam, bubbles and other slimy substances, starting at 8pm. The Monster Dash, from 5pm to 7pm, is open for all ages. Book and find out more at . Tickets cost £20 for adults and £7.50 for children aged 15 and under.

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