I had a nice lie-in this morning reading General Omar Bradley's memoirs when the air in the Biggles' cave filled with smoke and set the smoke-detectors off. After a minute's panic, I realised that a major conflagration to the South-East was responsible and hastily shut windows.
It would seem that most of East Kent's appliances had raced to the site of new but unoccupied premises built on the old garage site in Millmead Road, Margate just behind the King Ethelbert pub. Locals report a very rapid and intense fire that clearly required the combined efforts of numerous fire-teams to get under control. Whilst doing so, a large choking cloud of smoke covered the north end of the Isle.
The picture above shows damping down in process this afternoon and the modern new properties are cleary gutted out. (click on pic for more detail). I am sure the Gazunder has the story on its website, with more detail.
I am left wondering how many more fires we are going to see this year as recession moves to depression?