A large fire broke out in a house in Orpington this morning (June 23) with 70 firefighters present. Motorists were told to avoid the area as work continues to fight the fire.
The fire, which saw that the roof of the detached house was lit, continued overnight. The London Fire Brigade was called Orpingtonlocated on the border between Kent and London, at 02.17.
Ten fire trucks was sent to the fire in a house in Chelsfield Hill with crews from Orpington, Biggin Hill, Bromley and the surrounding stations on site. The cause of the incident is not yet known.
Station Chief Clive Robinson, who attended the scene, said: “The crews worked extremely hard to bring this large fire under control. The fire created a lot of smoke and we advised people in the nearby area to keep their windows and doors closed.”
In addition to this warning to neighbors, motorists were advised to avoid the area where possible. Emergency services closed the A21 between Rushmore Hill and Hewitt’s roundabout in an effort to contain the blaze.
The London Fire Brigade also confirmed that most of a detached house was destroyed by the fire and part of the roof was also damaged. Fortunately, no injuries were reported after the incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
KentLive provided updates to the event in the blog below.