Seventy firefighters fight house fire in Orpington, south east London

About 70 firefighters rushed to fight a fire that destroyed a house in south east London in the early hours of the morning.

The roof of the house was on fire when 10 fire engines arrived at the scene in Chelsfield Hill, Orpington.

The Fire Department was called at 2:17 am and managed to control the fire at 6:22 am.

Fire crews from Orpington, Biggin Hill, Bromley and neighboring stations are on site.

A fire destroyed a house in south east London as around 70 firefighters rushed to fight the blaze this morning.

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The London Fire Department said there were no reports of injuries at this stage, and the cause of the fire was still unknown.

Station commander Clive Robinson, who was at the scene, said: “The crews have worked hard to control this large fire and are expected to remain on site for some time.

“The fire is creating a lot of smoke and people nearby should keep their windows and doors closed.”

The bridge warned that traffic will be stopped as the A21 is closed between Rushmore Hill and the Hewitt roundabout.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area whenever possible.

This comes as national rail strikes have increased the number of car passengers due to the lack of rail services running this week, already causing a spike in the level of traffic.

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