02 Aug Over 100 firefighters tackle grass fire near Heathrow airport
Over 100 firefighters attended a large-scale fire near Heathrow airport yesterday (Monday 2nd August).
The fire broke out on a grassy area nearby, and around six hectares of land were set alight and producing a large amount of smoke.
The London Fire Brigade attended the scene after receiving more than 30 calls from worried residents nearby.
Station Commander Paul Casey, who was at the scene, said: “The fire is producing a large amount of smoke. Residents in the local area, particularly around Bedfont Sports Club, should keep their windows and doors closed.”
In an update on social media, Heathrow noise, an account which publishes live updates on the airport’s runway operations, said: “Due to smoke from a fire off-airport we will be switching back to landing on the northern runway (27R) and taking off from the southern runway (27L). We apologise for the disruption.”
The cause of the fire is unknown.