University of Kent student campus evacuated after fire

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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