Two jump from Sheerness flats to escape blaze

Scene of Richmond Street fire
Image caption Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire on the corner of Richmond Street and Marine Parade

Two people are believed to have jumped from the top of a block of flats to escape a fire, police have said.

The blaze started at the three-storey building in Richmond Street, Sheerness, at about 15:25 BST.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated and the road was closed at Invicta Road and Marine Parade.

Three people were taken to hospital - two with possible life threatening injuries - while the condition of those who reportedly jumped is not known.

Members of the public rescued a woman and two children using a ladder, and a man was saved by firefighters.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "It was reported that two people had jumped from the top storey of the building."

She said officers were working with the fire service to establish the cause of the blaze.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said the main body of the fire was now out and crews were damping down.

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