Kent

Swanscombe bonfire sets 20 tonnes of tyres alight

Twenty tonnes of tyres caught fire when a bonfire got out of control, leading to a plume of black smoke rising into the sky in the Swanscombe area of Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said five fire engines and a command support unit attended the blaze in Manor Way.

Emergency services were called to the fire at 14:00 BST and used a compressed air foam system to control the blaze.

The fire was under control by 16:40 BST, but firefighters remained at the scene with three fire engines.

Kent Police was controlling traffic in London Road, Swanscombe, near Dartford.

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