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Heatwave UK: Major incident declared in London after at least dozen fires break out

A major incident has been declared in London after a “huge surge” in fires across the capital on the UK’s hottest-ever day.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said the London Fire Brigade (LFB) is “under immense pressure” as he urged people to be safe, adding the situation is “critical”.

Dozens of fire engines and hundreds of firefighters have been involved in tackling a number of blazes.

In a village on the outskirts of east London, several houses were severely damaged after fires broke out.

LFB has sent 15 fire engines and about 100 firefighters to Wennington to deal with blazes which appeared to cover a number of buildings and adjoining grassland.

At least one home was completely destroyed.

Grass fires were reported grass fire on Pea Lane in Upminster, Pinner, Southgate, Croydon, Dagenham, Wembley, Hendon and Croydon.

It has been the hottest day on record in the UK, with provisional Met Office figures showing the temperature hit 40.2C at Heathrow Airport, beating the previous record of 38.7C registered in Cambridge three years ago.