At around 2.30pm the flames ripped through the former golf course in the Sandhole area, just off Malling Road
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RSPCA animal centre is threatened by wildfire which ripped through nearby golf course behind their site in Kent

  • An out-of-control wildfire erupted at Oast Park Golf Course in Snodland, Kent
  • The fire started this afternoon threatening the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre
  • The RSPCA centre posted on it’s Facebook that ‘all the animals and staff are safe’ 

An out-of-control wildfire which erupted in Kent threatening the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre on Sunday afternoon.

At around 2.30pm the flames ripped through the Oast Park Golf Course in Snodland, in the Sandhole area, right next to the centre housing animals rescued from cruelty and neglect.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Attending a fire involving trees and undergrowth at Oast Park Golf Club in Sandy Lane Drive, Snodland. 

‘Nine fire engines currently at the scene and crews are working to extinguish the flames and prevent any fire spread.’

At around 2.30pm the flames ripped through the former golf course in the Sandhole area, just off Malling Road

At around 2.30pm the flames ripped through the former golf course in the Sandhole area, just off Malling Road

Firefighters are currently drawing water from a nearby home in an attempt to put out the fire. 

The RSPCA centre posted on their Facebook: ‘We have been receiving lots of calls from the public regarding the fire behind our site, and whether we need help.

‘Firefighters are currently tackling the fire and all the animals and staff are safe.’ 

This is one of several fires that has occurred over the weekend, with nine fire engines also currently battling a blaze in Lambsfrith Grove, Gillingham. 

Yesterday, firefighters battled yet another fire on Dartford Heath, the fifth in a month. 

The fire is right next to the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre which houses animals that were victims of cruelty and neglect

The fire is right next to the RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre which houses animals that were victims of cruelty and neglect

Toxins and fumes will be present for several days, according to the warning. 

On Saturday, crews and ten fire engines responded to a crop fire in Oxenturn Road, Wye, Ashford. 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has responded to over 400 grass fires and wildfires this year.

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