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Several houses have been severely damaged after fires broke out in a village on the outskirts of east London amid record-breaking temperatures.

London Fire Brigade has sent 15 fire engines and about 100 firefighters to Wennington to tackle blazes which appeared to cover a number of buildings and adjoining grassland.

At least one home was completely destroyed.

Sky News Grabs of Fire in Wennington Kent
Sky News Grabs of Fire in Wennington Kent

Aerial footage shows smoke covering the village.

Nearby fields were seen to be completely scorched and burning intensely.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “We’ve got 15 fire engines and around 100 firefighters dealing with this blaze on The Green in Wennington.”

The homes were burning close to a fire station in the village.

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It comes on what is the hottest day of the year ever in the UK, with the temperature hitting 40.2C (104.3F) at Heathrow Airport.

Wennington is a small village with a population reported to be around 300 people.

Fire in Wennington, east London

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