Dog rescued from dishwasher fire in Strood

A family's pet dog was rescued from a house fire in Kent after an unattended dishwasher caught fire.

Neighbours heard a smoke alarm at about 08:25 BST coming from the house in Abbey Road, Strood and called the fire service.

Firefighters, from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, wearing breathing equipment rescued the family's Shih Tzu dog.

The fire service said the machine had been left running while the homeowner took her children to school.

Nick Bate, Strood crew manager, said: "Never leave electrical appliances running while you are out of the home or when you are in bed at night."

He said fire damage was limited to the kitchen, but the rest of the house had suffered from smoke damage.

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