Harrow fire: Huge tower of black smoke visible in west London after lorry bursts into flames

Tom Powell
Thick smoke: Kenton Road was shut for an hour on Saturday afternoon: @MehdiJuma

A tower of black smoke could be seen for miles in west London after a lorry burst into flames on Saturday afternoon.

Kenton Road in Harrow was closed for over an hour while firefighters battled to extinguish the lorry blaze, which began at around 1pm.

Dramatic pictures posted to social media showed the huge cloud of thick black smoke rising high above houses on the sunny, clear afternoon.

Seven bus routes were diverted while traffic built up in the surrounding roads on what was the hottest day of the year so far.

London Fire Brigade confirmed that the fire was brought under control shortly before 2pm.

The lorry was left “gutted” by the blaze and there was also damage to the windows of an adjacent property.

A fire brigade spokesman told the Standard: “We were called at 12.57 and the incident was over at 13.48.”

Harrow police tweeted just after 1pm: “Officers and @LondonFire dealing with a lorry on fire Kenton Road. Road closures in place.”