Eyewitnesses have reported an explosion near a holiday home park, with firefighters battling a huge blaze on Friday.
Five fire engines rushed to the scene on Vicarage Lane, near Hoo marina in Rochester, Kent, with 200 residents evacuated – while the source of the fire is yet to be determined.
Kent Fire & Rescue revealed that the blaze had been brought under control by 4pm and that the number of fire engines at the incident had been reduced to four.
Dramatic pictures showed flames along the coast and plumes of smoke rising into the air, after the blaze broke out at an industrial building near a Berkeley Leisure Group mobile home park on Friday morning.
Kent Fire & Rescue said in a statement at 9am: "Firefighters are advising the public to avoid the area while the emergency services deal with the incident.
"A large amount of smoke is also coming from the fire, and so those living or working close to the area of the fire and the smoke plume, which includes the Hoo peninsula, are now being advised to close windows and doors as a precaution."
The department later added: "Crews have been using main jets, water from a hydrant and ground monitors to tackle the blaze.
"Those living or working close to the area of the fire and smoke plume, which includes towards Grain and across the Hoo peninsula, are still being advised to close windows and doors as a precaution.
"Kent Police and Medway Council’s Emergency Planning Officers had also assisted in the evacuation of around 200 nearby residents as a precautionary measure earlier this morning."
The emergency team later updated in a 4pm statement: "Firefighters remain at the scene of an industrial unit fire on Vicarage Lane in Hoo, near Rochester.
"The incident has now been scaled down to four fire engines, and crews are expected to remain in attendance for at least the rest of today."
One witness told Kent Online: "I've seen gas bottles rocketing hundreds of feet high, this is the worse fire I've ever seen. It's two minutes from my house.
A few photos taken earlier today, at the scene of the industrial unit fire in #Hoo.— Kent Fire and Rescue Service (@kentfirerescue) September 4, 2020
Those who live in the area are still being advised to close windows and doors as a precaution, however the incident has now been reduced to four fire engines.
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"There is a large holiday home park next door to the fire."
Another said: "Fire down Hoo Marina Kent, hope everyone is safe."
A third added: "Woken up by a huge explosion. House then shook with another one."
Kent Police were also involved in the incident on Friday.
A spokesperson for the police force told Daily Star online: "Kent Police was called at 4.30am on Friday 4 September 2020 to a report of a fire at an industrial building in Hoo Marina Park, Hoo.
"Officers are currently at the scene assisting Kent Fire and Rescue Service and other partner agencies."
The Berkeley Leisure Group offers mobile homes to buy and holiday in, with parks located across 21 counties in England and Wales.
Its website reads: "Berkeleyparks have been developing park home living since 1955.
"Wherever you live, most parks have countryside on your doorstep and amenities like shops and buses close at hand. You will love the way a Berkeleyparks home is so easy to run, with minimal maintenance and lower costs.
"Not only comfortable but comfortably affordable."