London declares ‘major incident’ as heatwave grips Europe

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London’s firefighting authority has declared a major incident in the British capital in response to the surge in fires amid a record-breaking heatwave in the United Kingdom and Europe. The London Fire Brigade on Tuesday said it had deployed dozens of fire engines to several fires in and around the city, including 30 to a grass fire in east London. Television footage showed one blaze engulfing several homes. The UK recorded its highest-ever temperature shortly before 12:00 GMT on Tuesday, when it reached 40.2C (104.4F) at London’s Heathrow Airport, according to the UK’s Meteorological Office. Al Jazeera’s Paul Rhys reports from London. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website: #UKHeatwaves #LondonFires #LondonsBurning
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