Firefighters battling huge fire in Norbury, South London

80 firefighters battle blaze sending smoke cloud over south London

Nearly 20 people had to leave their homes this afternoon in Norbury, south London, when a big fire spread across a grass field.

As reports of the fire began to pour in just before 12.30 p.m., the London Fire Brigade said that approximately 80 firemen were dispatched to the location and that 12 fire engines were present.

It is anticipated that seven hectares of scrubland, grassland, and playing fields at a school were destroyed by fire, resulting in thick smoke.

Although there have been no reports of injuries, it is believed that approximately 35 homes have been affected.

It is anticipated that crews would remain at the scene until the afternoon.

More than a hundred calls regarding the fire were received by the 999 control room of the Brigade.

Station Commander Keith Sanders, who was in charge at the scene, said, “Firefighters worked hard to put out the fire and checked nearby homes and gardens to make sure it hadn’t spread.”

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The fire produced substantial smoke in the region, and the way the wind was blowing was directing the smoke towards the neighboring terraced residences.

“We requested local residents to keep windows and doors closed and recommended others to stay away from the area,” you may quote us as saying.

At 12:27, the Fire Brigade was dispatched, and by 16:08, the blaze was brought under control. West Norwood, Mitcham, Wallington, Norbury, and Woodside Fire Stations, in addition to other nearby fire stations, dispatched firefighters to the area.

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The Metropolitan Police Service and the Fire Brigade are currently conducting an investigation to determine what started the fire.

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