Firefighters used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, before clearing the property with ventilation fans. Crews rescued one casualty from the property, who was then passed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance paramedics as a precaution for minor smoke inhalation.
A pet dog was also rescued from the property but sadly passed away at the scene. The cause is under investigation.
Girdlock was caused when a major road closures was put in place during fire fighting operations. Drivers were left to fed for themselves with no real organisation or traffic control put in place by Kent Highways. A source has revealed that this is understood to have caused chaos and bosses have launched an internal investigation.