London bus bursts into flames as heatwave causes mayhem on hottest day of year

The London Fire Brigade have been called to the fire on Christchurch Road, Streatham Hill

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A London bus has burst into flames in Brixton as dramatic images show the extent of the blaze.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said: "Firefighters have been called to a bus alight on Christchurch Road in Streatham Hill.

"The Brigade’s 999 Control officers have taken 19 calls to the blaze.

"The Brigade was called at 0950. One fire engine from Brixton Fire Station is at the scene."

A London bus has burst into flames
A London bus has burst into flames
One fire engine from Brixton Fire Station is at the scene, the London Fire Brigade say
One fire engine from Brixton Fire Station is at the scene, the London Fire Brigade say

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, the Met Office issued a Level 3 heat-health alert warning for London earlier today, with temperatures expecting to peak in the capital.

The Met Office said London and potentially some spots in East Anglia are most likely to reach the 34C high, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

A high of 29.5C was recorded at Northolt in west London on Thursday, surpassing the 2022 high of 28.2C recorded at Kew Gardens on Wednesday.

Firefighters are warning that there is an increased risk of fires due to the heatwave.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it has already attended more than 1,430 grass and open land fires across the city this year.

This includes grassland, canal and riverbank vegetation, scrubland, parks, playgrounds, crops and woodland.

Around 350 of these were in domestic gardens and LFB said that with prolonged periods of hot weather, there is a concern these numbers will rise.

In the last five years, London’s firefighters have attended almost 600 fires involving barbecues, 45 of which were on private balconies.