Fire breaks out near Heathrow Airport with 'explosion' heard

Around 70 firefighters are battling a blaze around a 10-minute drive from Heathrow Airport in west London.

There are fears for homes as trees, hedgerows, shrubs and decking are on fire at the rear of a number of properties on Hereford Road in Feltham.

Some locals claimed on social media they heard ‘an explosion’ around the area this afternoon.

Forty-four panicked people called the London Fire Brigade to the fire around 4.35pm.

Ten fire engines are currently at the scene – with crews from Hillingdon, Kingston, Southall, Surbiton, Tooting and other surrounding fire stations helping.

A spokesperson from the LFB said: ‘The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’

The Metropolitan Police is assisting and has advised people to avoid the area.

Firefighters are tackling this blaze in #Feltham Trees, undergrowth and decking at the rear of properties on Hereford Road are alight © @Cornish_miss78 https://t.co/fPj9WXCKZq pic.twitter.com/M6HdgVDLgM

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