CHICKENS have been killed as a result of a fire on a farm in Kent.

Firefighters were called to Knowle Hill, in Ulcombe, Kent on the morning of 21 April after a fire was reported.

There were local reports of the sound of explosions, with one nearby resident describing a fireball “at least 250-300ft high”.

“A number” of chickens died in the fire, according to fire services.

Kent Fire and Rescue service said two fire engines had attended the scene, with the blaze extinguished by a high pressure hose reel jet.

‘Loud bangs’

A spokesman said: The fire is now out and crews are damping down any remaining hot spots. Gas cylinders exploded in the fire early on in the incident, resulting in loud bangs heard by the local community.

“There are no reported casualties, however a number of chickens have died in the fire. The cause of the fire is not yet known.”