Fire engine (stock picture)

An eagle eyed neighbour has helped minimise the damage to a ground floor flat in Hoath after it caught fire on the morning of Monday 5th February.

The neighbour saw smoke coming from a window of the property in Church Road, and immediately called the fire brigade. Kent Fire And Rescue sent three fire engines to investigate just before 11:30am.

On arrival, crews found nobody home, so entered the house wearing breathing apparatus and extinguished the fire in the kitchen of the property. They then used fans to clear smoke from the property and made the area safe.

No one was injured in the fire.

A 40 year-old-man from the Hoath area was arrested by police later the same day, on suspicion of arson and abstracting electricity.

He currently remains in custody while enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information about the fire, who has not already spoken to officers, is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 05-0415.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.