Fires across south London during heatwave- as it happened

FIRES have ripped through lands, roads, and businesses across south London during the extreme heatwave.

Met Office warned of extreme heat as parts of the UK were given a red weather warning for Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures had risen to 40 degrees, marking record-breaking numbers, according to Met Office.

Erith grassland fire (NS)

The London Fire Brigade declared a major incident in response to “a huge surge” of fires across London.

A string of incidents was seen in Bexleyheath, Dartford, Croydon, Erith, Eltham, Orpington, and Wandsworth.

Below is a roundup of the fire incidents that Newsquest south London is aware of.

News Shopper: The fire has been burning for over a day (photo: Twitter / @afcsteve87)The fire has been burning for over a day (photo: Twitter / @afcsteve87)

Information about each incident is from the London Fire Brigade.

Bexleyheath: Land fire

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A grass fire that spread to the size of three football pitches has damaged open land in Bexleyheath.

The fire broke out in Halcot Avenue at 3.34pm on Monday.

Around three hectares of grass, trees, and scrubland were damaged by the fire.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Erith: Grassland fire

The fire broke out in Ray Lamb Way yesterday (July 19) shortly after 6.30pm.

Twenty fire engines and around 125 firefighters were called to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Dartford: Crop fire

Firefighters have tackled a fire at a field of crops in Dartford.

Two fire engines attended the blaze in Shirehall Road shortly before 12.30pm on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

Dartford: Grass fire

Firefighters are still tackling a grass fire in Dartford.

12 fire crews were called to the scene of the fire near Durrell Try at 11.54am on Tuesday.

Four fire engines and two fogging units are still in attendance, as crews continue to tackle the fire today.

Firefighters are dumping down any remaining hotspots and preventing any fire spread.

Eltham: Shopfire

A SHOP has been left damaged after a fire in Eltham.

The fire broke out shortly after 2.25pm ​​on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Dartford Heath: A2 fire

The fire broke out shortly before 12.35pm on Tuesday.

Two fire engines and a fogging unit currently remain at the fire on Dartford Heath near Rochester Way on the A2.

Crews are using hose reel jets to dampen down any remaining hotspots and to prevent any further fire spread.

Smoke from the fire is now minimal and drivers shouldn’t expect to see large plumes of smoke drifting across the A2.

News Shopper: The fire has been roaring for over 24 hours now (photo: Sarah Short)The fire has been roaring for over 24 hours now (photo: Sarah Short)

Wandsworth: Balcony fire

Around 25 firefighters tackled a fire at a block of flats in Bridges Court Road, Wandsworth on Monday.

Four fire engines were called to the scene at 12.33pm.

A fire broke out on a sixth-floor balcony.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

M25 Orpington: Fuel tanker fire

Parts of the M25 near Orpington were closed on Monday after a fuel tanker caught on fire, causing chaos on the motorway.

The fire spread up the grassy verge next to the carriageway, causing a wildfire.

There were no reported injuries.

South Croydon: Grass fire

A grass fire broke out in South Croydon on Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to Chapel View at 12.20pm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Croydon: Woodland fire

One hectare of woodland was alight on Tuesday after a grass fire broke out in Croydon.

Eight fire engines and 60 firefighters dealt with a fire on Oaks Road at 12.07pm.

One hectare of woodland was alight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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