The fire spread over an area of 40 hectares, traversed fields and destroyed several buildings and homes in Winnington Village.
About 100 firefighters were deployed on Tuesday to tackle a fire that broke out in a village east of London in record heat in the United Kingdom, firefighters said.
According to the pictures taken from the helicopter series sky newsThe fire covered the fields and destroyed several buildings and homes in the village of Winnington, about thirty kilometers from the center of the British capital.
The origin of the fire is unknown
In a statement at the end of the day, firefighters said the fire had spread over an area of 40 hectares, including homes, farm buildings and garages. 14 people were evacuated due to the disaster, the source of which has not been determined at this point.
“I was taking a shower in my garden and a black cloud came in,” said Siar Meadows, a 30-year-old housewife. “Within an hour, the fire spread all the way to our house,” she continued, “Our cars were gone.”
The emergency services “smashed our door so the animals would happily leave, because I couldn’t go back where we were evacuated,” she said, explaining that she is now waiting for news from her home.
“It’s way crazy, crazy,” said Dennis Crafter, a 54-year-old unemployed man, stunned by the scale of the disaster.
London firefighters said on Twitter that about 100 firefighters and 15 equipment had been deployed.
In the face of “several large fires across the capital during today’s record heat wave”, London firefighters have launched an emergency measure allowing more resources for the rescue services to be deployed. Dozens of fires were recorded throughout the capital, affecting in particular the grassy areas of suburban areas of London.
Under the influence of a heat wave hitting Europe, the UK has crossed the 40°C threshold for the first time, registering 40.3°C in Koningsby, a village in northeastern England, according to the British Met Office. office met.
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