Orpington house fire sees 70 firefighters tackle large roof incident – recap

A large fire took hold of a house in Orpington this morning (June 23) with 70 fire service crew members in attendance. Motorists were told to avoid the area as work continued to tackle the blaze.

The fire, which saw the roof of the detached house alight, continued through the night. The London Fire Brigade was called to Orpington, which sits on the border of Kent and London, at 2.17am.

Ten fire engines were sent to the fire at a house in Chelsfield Hill with crews from Orpington, Biggin Hill, Bromley and surrounding stations all at the scene. The cause of the incident is not yet known.

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Station Commander Clive Robinson, who attended the scene, said: “Crews worked extremely hard to bring this large fire under control. The fire created a lot of smoke and we advised people in the nearby area to keep their windows and doors shut.”

As well as this warning to neighbours, motorists were advised to avoid the area where possible. The emergency services closed the A21 between Rushmore Hill and Hewitts roundabout during their efforts to dampen the fire.

London Fire Brigade also confirmed that most of a detached house was destroyed by the fire and part of the roof was also damaged. Thankfully, no injuries were reported after the incident and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

KentLive provided updates to the incident in the blog below.

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