Three kids were rescued after fire broke out in a Dartford home last night, sending two men to hospital.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire in St Vincent's Road shortly after 6.30pm as three engines were dispatched to tackle the flames.

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A man within the house was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and managed to get the three children to safety before attempting to fight the fire himself using water and an extinguisher.

Fire crews then entered the house and and began to douse the blaze, which was located at the top of the stairs.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service volunteer response team and a Red Cross vehicle were requested to provide practical support for the family, who also received precautionary checks from firefighters.

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Two men were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A spokesman for Kent Police has said that officers were present to assist firefighters while they dealt with the blaze and that they have begun their investigation into the cause of the fire.