A hero farmer of the moment fights a fire in a London field alone in a tractor after locals tried to use SHIRTS
The moment a hero farmer battles a fire in a South London field alone in his tractor after desperate locals tried to put out the blaze with their SHIRTS
- Brave unidentified farmer tackles London field fire single-handedly
- Residents had tried to use shirts to put out the blaze before firefighters arrived
- A tractor filmed firefighters circling as they hosed down burning farmland
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This is when a brave farmer was filmed battling a fire in a south London field as it threatened to damage nearby homes.
The unidentified tractor driver took matters into his own hands after locals were seen using their shirts to douse flames in West Wickham, Bromley this afternoon.
Footage shot by a Sky News helicopter shows two men taking off their tops in a desperate attempt to put out the fire.
A fire truck then drives around the area, with the tractor driver driving straight through the danger zone.
Using what appears to be an aerator, the tractor extinguishes the smoky field, potentially saving its owner thousands of pounds.
The London Fire Department has been contacted for comment.
It followed an equally bold effort by Kent farmer Bill Alexander last week.
He “responded quickly” to fight a wildfire that engulfed his neighbor’s farm on one of the hottest days in the county.
Owner Andy Barr praised the “hero” in a tweet of support, posting a photo of Mr Alexander cutting his crops.
He wrote: “Please tell everyone to watch what they are doing along the roads and paths, 20ha of spring barley ablaze.
“This photo of my son was when the tide turned to my brother’s house, luckily Bill Alexander and Jonny & Ellie from TCAgri saved the day.”
A Sky News helicopter filmed the heroic pilot extinguishing the flames in real time
They appeared to be using a standard aerator attachment to put out the raging fire in London
As the tractor completed its journey across the field, the scars of the destructive fire were clear
The fire was finally extinguished after 90 minutes and nearby local residents were also escorted to safety. It is not yet clear what caused the hell.
A fire service spokesman said: ‘We have been advised of a continuing crop fire in the fields of Lenham Heath.
“Crews worked hard to bring the fire under control which covered approximately eight hectares, the equivalent of almost 20 acres.
The fire was brought under control and extinguished. Firefighters escorted those nearby to safety. There are no reports of injuries.