Orpington bus garage fire: Residents talk of ‘explosions’ as London depot engulfed by huge blaze
Eleven buses caught fire and seven have been completely destroyed in a garage in Farnborough Hill, Orpington
London taxi driver Ryan Bailey, 42, who lives opposite the site, said:
“There was a massive explosion that woke us up shortly before 4am this morning.
“The bang literally shook the windows, we thought we’d have to evacuate. When we looked out we saw one bus on fire and a fire engine.
“Then there were a whole series of explosions. Within 20 minutes it had spread to a massive inferno.”
Sixty firefighters were called to a fire at a bus depot in South East London in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“There was a massive explosion that woke us up shortly before 4am this morning”
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said at the height of the blaze, eleven buses were alight and control officers took around 40 calls from the public.
Some residents talked of hearing “explosions” and “loud bangs” as the fire spread through the depot.
Seven buses destroyed
The fire, which took place at a garage in Farnborough Hill in Orpington, was “very visible”, according to LFB. Crews were called to the incident at around 3.36am.
London Fire Brigade
In a statement, LFB said: “Crews worked hard to stop the blaze from spreading to more busses and around 30 vehicles were moved to safety.
“Seven busses were complete destroyed by the fire and a further four are badly damaged.”
Firefighters said the blaze was under control by 6.31am. In total, eight fire engines went to the scene from stations across South East London, including Orpington, Biggin Hill, Sidcup and Bromley.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time. No injuries have been reported.