Fire causes roof to collapse at disused Dover care home

Firefighters have spent more than 12 hours tackling a blaze which caused the roof of a former care home in Kent to collapse.

The fire started at the three-storey property in London Road, Dover at about 1830 BST on Sunday.

At the height of the fire about 45 firefighters from across Kent were called to the scene.

Crews are still damping down hots pots. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is due to begin later.

Speaking on Sunday, Nick James, from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The fire quickly spread to all floors of the building, causing the roof to collapse.

"We have been fighting the fire using height vehicles and ladders and, though the fire is now under control, we are continuing to deal with hot spots.

"As there is a danger that the inside of the building may be unstable, we are waiting for colleagues from building control to confirm its stability before we enter the property.

"Crews have done a good job tonight and managed to prevent the fire spreading to nearby properties."

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