A Dover man wants to make this kind gesture to crews who put out…

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A business owner has pledged to donate cash to Dover fire fighters following a “devastating” fire which saw crews rush into his burning building.

Mazen Khader, who runs the ETC pawn shop in Cannon Street, says he wants to make the gesture in recognition of the efforts of those who “risked their lives” to extinguish the blaze on Thursday last week (July 6)

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Crews rushed to the scene at 9am on July 6 following reports that the premises, which includes residential dwellings above it, had smoke billowing from the front entrance.

A firefighter rushes into the burning building

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has since confirmed that the cause of the blaze was in fact an electrical fault and that this was dealt with within moments of their arrival.

Mr Khader told Kent Live: “Over all I would like to thank Kent Fire and Rescue Service and in particular Dover’s firefighters for the efforts they made in risking their lives to put the fire out in my shop and saving my business and my family’s future.

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“As I promised them in the moment after the fire was put out, I would like to donate £1,000 to Dover Fire station.

“The fire forensics officer said it was an electrical fault which caused the fire. It has devastated us, we are temporarily closed and we are trying to get back up and running as soon as possible.”