Huge fire breaks out next to Heathrow Airport – fears black cloud disrupting ‘flight path’

London Fire Brigade reports that eight fire engines and about 60 firefighters have been called to the fire in Tachbrook Road in Southall, west London. Twitter user @UKtodayUK posted video online showing plumes of black smoke, commenting: “Something is seriously on fire near Heathrow Airport it’s certainly on the flight path of the airport.”

Eyewitness and fellow Twitter user @CarolionD said: “Concerning to see this out my window! Hope everyone is okay, I can only assume some kind of fire.”

A third Twitter user @simonmacmichael said: “Loads of smoke over towards Southall and sound of sirens in all directions (even though we are few miles away).”

Another @UB1UB2 tweeted: “There is a massive fire in Southall right now visible from Hayes, Hounslow, and even Heathrow.”

A Heathrow spokeswoman said: “We are aware of smoke visible in the area surrounding Heathrow. There is no fire within the airport campus and flights are still able to safely arrive and depart.” has contacted London Fire Brigade for details.

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