Dover fire: Huge bang as onlookers witness huge blanket of black smoke cloud ASDA Store | United Kingdom | New
Video footage on Twitter shows smoke billowing from the Charlton Center parking lot and the ASDA store. Graham Tutthill was on the scene and filmed the smoke.
He said in a tweet: “The Dover Charlton Center car park caught fire and exploded. The fire station is only a few hundred yards away. Had to call the fire department.”
When asked if firefighters were on the scene, Mr Tutthill said he had called them.
He said: “Not then, it had literally just started so I called them. It’s only a few hundred yards from the fire station. I think crews came in from other fire stations as well.”
An eyewitness told KentLive that firefighters are now at the scene.
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “KFRS were called to a burning car on the top floor of the car park at Charlton Shopping Center in Dover.
“We received the call at 5:18 p.m. Three fire engines were dispatched to the scene. No injuries were reported. One car was 100% destroyed by fire.”
The news follows a series of fires following the recent heatwave, which saw temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius on July 19.
The lack of rain coupled with the heat created the perfect conditions for the fires to break out.
In Greater London, several grass fires have been reported and in Kent, several farm field fires have been reported over the past week.
The National Fire Chiefs Council’s tactical adviser said “departments should recognize the risk they are running now”.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: “If they don’t then they are naive. There are very urban services that think wildfires are at the bottom of the risk list. I understand the need to prioritize resources, but you have to be a critic.”
According to the NFCC, this year has seen 442 wildfires in England and Wales, compared to just 247 last year.