Kent

Faversham Assembly Rooms: Crews tackle historical building blaze

Picture of the blaze in Faversham Image copyright Josh Rowlands
Image caption The blaze started in the roof of the Grade-II listed Assembly Rooms

Firefighters spent several hours tackling a blaze at an historical building in east Kent.

The fire started in the roof of the Grade II-listed Assembly Rooms in Preston Street, Faversham, at about 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Six crews doused the flames at the height of the blaze at the music venue and theatre.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said no-one is believed to have been in the 19th Century building at the time.

It is not yet known what caused the fire.

Faversham Buildings Preservation Trust, which owns the rooms, launched a six-year restoration plan in 2011.

Image copyright Faversham Buildings Preservation Trust
Image caption The Assembly Rooms were built in 1849 after an earlier building burnt down

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