Houses on fire in Kent as raging wildfire spreads

Homes are on fire after a huge grass fire broke out in Dartford, Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said twelve fire engines and a height vehicle were dispatched to the scene near a fire near Durrell Dene in Joyce Green.

Crews are working to put out the roaring flames amid the hottest temperatures on record in Britain. Several places, including Heathrow Airport and Kew Gardens, recorded temperatures of 40C – which meteorologists said would have been “impossible without climate change”.

People driving on the A2 and nearby roads are advised to take care, due to smoke from the incident, which may affect visibility.

Meanwhile, another raging country fire is intensifying in Upminster as thirty fire engines and around 175 firefighters tackle a grass fire on Pea Lane.

Around three hectares of a cornfield and scrubland are on fire and smoke is billowing over the M25.

The brigade’s 999 screening officers were called to the scene at 11:31 a.m. this morning and took more than 80 fire calls.

Havering Council has warned people to avoid the area and motorists to take care when driving as smoke affects visibility.

Homes are on fire after a huge grass fire broke out in Dartford, Kent (Sky News)

Another fire broke out and spread to a residential area in Wennington, near Upminster.

London Fire Brigade have confirmed they have 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters to deal with the blaze on The Green.

Around three hectares of a cornfield and scrubland are on fire and smoke billows over the M25 (Sky News)

Around three hectares of a cornfield and scrubland are on fire and smoke billows over the M25 (Sky News)

At least one house was completely destroyed.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the London Fire Department had declared a major incident ‘in response to a huge outbreak of fires in the capital today’, saying the service was under ‘tremendous pressure’.

It comes as the UK recorded the hottest day ever, with temperatures exceeding 40C.

Fire departments have urged people to take precautions and dispose of litter such as cigarettes, matches and glass bottles which can quickly ignite and cause extensive damage.

Rail users are being warned of delays, cancellations and changes to rail services, while dozens of schools have closed, ahead of warnings of further disruption from thunderstorms on Wednesday.