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Firefighters tackle huge blaze at Orpington bus depot

PUBLISHED: 08:03 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:42 22 November 2018

Firefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike Porter

Firefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike Porter

Huge flames could be seen coming from the depot in Farnborough Hill this morning.

Firefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike PorterFirefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike Porter

Firefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning.

Sixty firefighters tackled the fire in Farnborough Hill in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, November 22) and at the height of the blaze 11 buses were alight.

Control officers were called at around 3.36, and crews worked hard to stop the blaze from spreading to more buses parked in the depot.

Around 30 vehicles were moved to safety and the fire was under control by 6.31.

Firefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike PorterFirefighters were called to a huge blaze at a bus depot in Orpington this morning. Photo: Mike Porter

Seven buses were completely destroyed by the fire and a further four are badly damaged.

The fire is now under control but crews will remain in the area for some time damping down the effected vehicles.

Eight fire engines attended from stations including Orpington, Biggin Hill, Sidcup and Bromley.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Mike Porter, 65, of Glentrammon Road, lives close to the station and heard “huge bangs” at around 4am.

He saw the blaze in full and said that there were explosions going off from inside the depot.

He said: “There were huge flames towering into the sky.

“I heard the loud noise, it sounded like someone was banging sheet metal, but it must have been the explosions.

“There must have been gas canisters or something in there.”

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