University of Kent student campus evacuated after fire

  • 28 January 2014
  • From the section Kent
Fire at University of Kent Image copyright University of Kent
Image caption The fire quickly spread to the roof after starting in an extractor fan in a first-floor bathroom

More than 40 students had to be moved out of their rooms overnight after a fire broke out in their accommodation block at the University of Kent.

A student raised the alarm after the blaze was spotted in an extractor fan in a first-floor bathroom at a house in Park Wood on the Canterbury campus.

The fire quickly spread into the roof space, but fire crews were able to contain it. No-one was injured.

Six neighbouring houses were also evacuated as a precaution.

The university said most of the students were allowed to return to their houses after being given shelter in the Park Wood administration building.

Two households are being re-housed in Park Wood while repairs to the roof are undertaken.

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