Eight fire engines called to kebab shop fire

A blaze at Kebab shop in Canterbury lasting over two hours shut a road and required eight fire trucks.

Kent Fire and Rescue service were called to reports of a fire at the Westgate Kebabs shop on St Dunstans street, Canterbury, at 8:21pm last night (October 26th).

On first arrival, eight engines were called and remained at the scene until 10:30pm when the flames were controlled and the engines were reduced to four.

Kent Police confirmed at 11:30pm that no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire are unknown – enquiries are ongoing.

UPDATE: An investigation into the start of the fire opened this morning has revealed the blaze started within the buildings extraction system.

George Sweetland, a digital media student at CCCU saw the smoke over Westgate Tower.

He said: “[There was] smoke billowing over Westgate tower, I couldn’t see through the arch way.”

The Deliveroo driver praised the organsiation of the rescue services, adding: “However police organised it very well, I work for deliveroo and they made me go round along with all the other vehicles approaching Westgate tower from Pound Lane.”

“There was tons and tons of smoke coming out of the chimney and then within a few minutes the smoke turned to fire.”


Another witness, Les Sharma, was heading back to his car after dinner when he noticed the fire.

He said: “We were actually walking back to the car park. We walked past the Kebab and noticed the staff were having trouble with one of the burners/grill. They were throwing water on it.

“We watched the whole thing unfold. Within minutes you could see smoke coming out of the chimney at the top of the roof.”

Image: @thatSweetland

Les, who owns a business selling baby shoes, described the tense scene outside the kebab shop.

He added: “People started to panic a bit, people were shouting at the kebab staff people to get out of the shop. I don’t think they realised how serious it was.

“There was tons and tons of smoke coming out of the chimney and then within a few minutes the smoke turned to fire”


A statement from Kent Police said: “A fire which was reported at a kebab shop in St Dunstans Street, Canterbury, has been extinguished.

“Officers assisted Kent Fire and Rescue Service crews following the report at 8.26pm on Thursday 26 October 2017 and as a precaution residents living nearby, as well as diners in restaurants and guests of a hotel, were evacuated.

Most of the people evacuated have now been allowed to return and road closures which are in place in St Peter’s Lane and North Lane are expected to be removed by midnight.

“No injuries were reported in the incident. Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing.”


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Sean McPolin

Sean is a third-year multimedia journalism student and News Editor for Unified. He has had work used at BBC, ITV, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. He's an aspiring online journalist with a key interest in sports, and has written for the Mirror Sport and Mail Online.

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