A huge field fire sends clouds of smoke into the sky, forcing residents to evacuate their homes

Around 20 people were evacuated from their homes in Norbury, west London, on Sunday afternoon after a field caught fire, sending smoke billowing into the sky

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London fire horror as thick smoke billows into the sky over south London

More than a dozen residents were forced to evacuate their homes in south London after a fire swept through a neighboring field this afternoon.

An estimated 20 people fled the blaze in Turtle Road, Norbury, on Sunday as heavy smoke filled the road, with over 40 houses said to have been at risk.

Around seven hectares of fallow land, shrubs and school playgrounds burned.

No reports of injuries were made, crews stayed at the scene.

According to the London Fire Brigade, around 80 firefighters were deployed in 12 vehicles.

Emergency calls were made shortly before 12:30 p.m., almost 100 in all.

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Firefighters at the scene in Norbury during the field fire



MyLondon Photographer David Nathan spoke to locals at the scene, who praised the firefighting teams for fighting the massive blaze.

He said: “The fences were burned down. Locals said LFB did a good job. They said fences caught fire, 20 houses were in danger if they didn’t act quickly.”

David described how it took miles of fire hoses to put out the blaze as firefighters raced through narrow alleys between homes and into residents’ back gardens to reach the blaze.

Smoke rose into the sky



He continued, “Miles of tubing had to be used. They walked through the gardens of men. There were 21 hose lengths from a fire truck.”

Station Commander Keith Sanders, who led the on-site response, said: “Firefighters have been working hard to get the fire under control and have been checking local properties and gardens for the spread of the fire.

“The fire generated heavy smoke in the area and the direction of the wind blew smoke towards local townhouses.

“We have encouraged people to avoid the area and asked local residents to keep windows and doors closed.”

What caused the fire is unclear



Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Smith, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters were exposed to a very intense and severe fire.

“There is no doubt that the dynamic measures taken by the crews immediately upon arrival saved more than 40 homes from the fire.

“Hot and windy conditions made fighting the fire difficult, and firefighters worked incredibly hard to save an entire street of homes.”

The brigade was called at 12:27 p.m. and the fire was under control by 4:08 p.m., a statement said.

Firefighters faced extreme conditions while battling the blaze



Crews from West Norwood, Mitcham, Wallington, Norbury, Woodside and the surrounding fire stations were on site.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by LFB and the Met Police.

In light of the incident, the brigade has warned people not to hold barbecues in parks, public squares and balconies.

It added that bottles and glasses should be put away to avoid magnifying the sun and starting a fire.

And smoking products should not be dropped on dry ground.

LFB said, “Disposable grills that have been discarded and abandoned can still cause a fire because they continue to retain heat after use – they must be removed and allowed to cool immediately before discarding.”

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