A thick plume of toxic smoke could be seen across Medway last night after 1,000 tyres caught fire on farmland in Rochester.
Firefighters were called out to battle the massive pile of burning rubber on Sunday evening.
It is not yet known how the tyres fire started, but crews on the scene at the farmland spent nearly three hours dowsing the flames with foam.
A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: “As we were on our way to the fire we could see the thick, dense smoke.
“We estimate there were about 1,000 tyres on the pile, which was well alight when we arrived.
“The foam worked well, there were three pumps at the scene, two from Medway, along with another from Strood.”
This is the latest in a spate of fires involving massive piles of tyres across the country.
Burning tyres can have a serious environmental impact because they produce vast quantities of harmful emissions that will pollute the atmosphere.
Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts