London’s firefighting authority declared a serious incident within the British capital on Tuesday in response to the surge in fires amid a record-breaking heatwave in Britain and Europe.
The London Fire Brigade mentioned it had deployed dozens of fireside engines to a number of fires in and across the metropolis, together with thirty to a grass fireplace in east London. Television footage confirmed one blaze engulfing a number of houses.
“Firefighters are still meeting the needs of our communities, but declaring a major incident allows us to focus our resources,” the brigade mentioned.
We have declared a serious incident as firefighters battle a number of vital fires throughout the capital throughout at the moment’s record-breaking heatwave. For the newest on these, comply with this account @londonfirehttps://t.co/1ThCGrc33Kpic.twitter.com/Tp4J0l2Zkr
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) July 19, 2022
Britain recorded its highest ever temperature, breaking 40C (104F) for the primary time, as a heatwave gripping Europe intensified, scorching fields and damaging airport runways and practice tracks.
“This is critical: @LondonFire is under immense pressure. Please be safe,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan mentioned on Twitter,
NEW: London Fire Brigade has simply declared a Major Incident in response to an enormous surge in fires throughout the capital at the moment.
This is important: @LondonFire is beneath immense stress. Please be secure.
I’m in contact with the Commissioner and can share updates when I’ve them.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) July 19, 2022
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