Kent fire: Horror as thick black smoke billows from behind a row of houses | United Kingdom | New

Footage from the scene shows huge plumes of black smoke rising into the sky behind a row of houses.

Eight fire engines have been dispatched to the scene and firefighters are working to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters are advising anyone living or working nearby to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to the smoke.

Residents shared photos on social media showing the large amount of smoke filling the sky.

Some people have reported seeing smoke miles away in south-east London.

One person tweeted that the fire was visible from Sidcup.

Another said: “I’m a few miles away and was starting to get a little worried. Stay safe with your crews.”

Kent Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “Crews are currently battling a fire on Birchwood Road in Dartford. Firefighters are advising anyone living or working nearby to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due smoke.”

The crew was called to the fire involving trees and vegetation around 3:24 p.m.

The Kent Fire Service was then assisted by crews from the London Fire Department – Biggin Hill, Orpington and Erith to tackle the large fire.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a fire involving trees and vegetation on Birchwood Road in Dartford.

“Eight fire engines have been dispatched to the scene and firefighters are working to extinguish the flames.

“Crews are currently advising anyone living or working nearby to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to smoke from the incident.”

Kent firefighters also battled a wildfire in Dartford Heath on Friday which saw 400 square meters of grassland go up in flames.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said four fire engines were dispatched to the blaze and used hose reel jets to put it out.

The incident came just two days after firefighters put out a similar blaze on the moor.

The fire department has since issued a warning to take reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of fire as the hot, dry weather is expected to continue.