Tunbridge Wells fire: Residents told to keep windows and doors shut

Fire at North Farm Industrial Estate's tip in Tunbridge Wells

Fire at North Farm Industrial Estate’s tip in Tunbridge Wells

Residents in Tunbridge Wells are being told to close their windows and doors as the fire continues to rage on at the recycling centre on North Farm Industrial Estate.

Kent Police was called to Dowding Way at 8.16am this morning and three fire engines from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) remain at the scene.

Dowding Way is currently closed near the junction with North Farm Lane and traffic is being diverted causing congestion in the area.

Kent County Council has advised their recycling centre will be unavailable all day and pedestrian access to Dowding Way has been reduced due to smoke plume.

A KFRS spokesman says the fire has been contained to one bay of the recycling centre and crews are working with site staff to turn over and damp down in order to make the area safe.

When fire officers arrived an area of around 10m by 20m containing carpets and mattresses was well alight.

The crews are using positive pressure ventilation fans and a mechanical digger to create a fire break to help prevent further fire spread.

Kent Police said: “Police were called to an industrial estate in Dowding Way, Tunbridge Wells at 8.16am today (Saturday, October 22) following a report of a fire. Police are currently on scene and the incident is being led by Kent Fire and Rescue Service.”