About 20 people have been evacuated from their homes in Norbury, west London, after a field caught fire and smoke spread into the skies on Sunday afternoon.

Around 80 firefighters were called to the area and twelve fire engines were on the scene when emergency calls came in just before 12.30pm.

Around seven acres of fallow land, bushes and school playgrounds were set on fire.

The fire service’s’ 999 dispatch centre ‘took more than 100 calls regarding the fire

Station commander Keith Sanders, who led the first responders at the scene, said: ‘Fire crews have been working hard to get the fire under control and are re-viewing sites and gardens for wildfires.

Norbury

Norbury is an area of south London. It shares the postcode London SW16 with neighbouring areas Streatham and Croydon. Norbury is 6.7 miles south of Charing Cross. (wikipedia)

London

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with a population of just over 9 million. (wikipedia)

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