London: Smoke seen for miles as huge fire breaks out near Heathrow

London Fire Brigade said eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters had been sent to the scene (Picture: @CarolionD; @UB1UB2)

More than 30 people have been evacuated from their homes following a huge garage fire in west London.

London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters have been called to the blaze on Tachbrook Road, Southall.

The brigade said it had received more than 40 calls about the fire since it was first reported at 11.45am.

Most of a commercial garage, an adjoining storage area, and several cars are on fire, as well as a container of oil, LFB said.

The fire has produced vast amounts of smoke and people in the area have been advised to close their windows and doors.

A 25-metre cordon has also been put in place as a precaution.

LFB station commander Graeme Hunter, who is at the scene, said: ‘The fire is producing heavy smoke, which is visible for miles.

‘We are urging residents in the area to close their windows and doors.’

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As well as dousing the flames, firefighters are cooling three cylinders which were removed from the building before LFB arrived.

The cylinders are being cooled to an ambient temperature as some can explode when exposed to heat.

LFB said the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

Images of the fire and the vast cloud of black smoke it has created have been widely shared on social media.

The smoke can reportedly be seen from Heathrow and Kew gardens, some eight miles from the fire itself.

A spokesperson for Heathrow airport said the plume of smoke was ‘not impacting operations’ and is ‘highly unlikely to’.

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