A LOUD explosion was heard near Heathrow airport today as a huge fire erupted in the area.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen billowing through the air as jets landed near the blaze in Feltham, West London, shortly before 5pm.

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Twitter/ cornish_miss78Huge flames could be seen ripping through shrubs and decking as plumes of smoke filled the air[/caption]

London Fire Brigade sent 70 firefighters to the scene, with ten fire engines helping to put out the flames.

Author Robert Harris said he saw the horror from a plane as he arrived at Heathrow.

Sharing a video online, he said: “Coming in to land at Heathrow just before 5pm today. The scorched fields. The fire!”

Another person wrote on social media: “Just heard something explode”.

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Someone else said: “Me and my dad heard a massive bang almost like a bomb or explosion.”

London Fire Brigade were called to the flames at 4.35pm.

They wrote in a statement: “Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving trees, hedgerows, shrubs and decking at the rear of a number of properties on the road. 

“Fire crews from Hillingdon, Kingston, Southall, Surbiton, Tooting and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.”

Metropolitan Police have advised the public to “avoid the area”.

It follows a number of fires in the Feltham area in recent days.

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A football pitch in the area was “burnt to a crisp” after a fire broke out near Heathrow airport earlier this week, My London reports.

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