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Kent Fire: Huge Plume Of Smoke Seen For Miles
People have been told to keep their doors and windows closed after a huge tyre fire in Kent sent plumes of black smoke into the sky that could been seen over 20 miles away.
Twelve fire engines and more than 70 firefighters are tackling the blaze which broke out on an industrial estate in Gravesend.
Twitter users reported that the smoke could be seen by beachgoers in Southend in neighbouring county Essex.
And passengers on planes flying into and out of London airports could also reportedly see the plume.
Kent Fire and Rescue said crews were using three main jets to tackle the fire, which also involved caravans and other vehicle parts.
One person posted that water from the adjacent canal was being used to douse the flames.
Roads around the area have been closed and drivers have been warned about poor visibility due to the thick smoke.
Photographs showed firefighters standing on top of what looked like a large gas container while assessing the blaze. The gas containers have not been affected.
There are no reports of any injuries and Kent Police are also at the scene.
The Metropolitan Police helicopter has also flown to the area to assist the fire brigade.