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Rochester blaze: Kent firefighters given bravery awards

Firefighters who rescued 13 people from a blaze at a block of flats in Kent have been commended for their bravery.

The eight firefighters carried out the rescue at a four-storey building off Gravel Walk in Rochester, on 24 August.

Residents were leaning out of windows because their escape route was blocked by the fire, which badly damaged the stairwell of the building.

The fire service's chief executive Ann Millington said the firefighters "undoubtedly prevented deaths".

She added: "They all acted quickly, bravely and not without risk to themselves to rescue a large number of people."

The firefighters will be presented with certificates of bravery at Oakwood House in Maidstone later.

Firefighters Drew Harris and Kevin Mitton, who were the first to enter the building, will receive certificates of commendation for their "exceptional bravery".

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