Fire comes within metres of homes as it engulfs woodland in Chinese city

Dramatic pictures have captured the moment a fire came eyewateringly close to destroying homes in a Chinese city.

More than 20 hectares of woodland were engulfed by the fire in Qinglong County in the northern province of Hebei.

The fire destroyed woodland in northern China. Credit: CCTV

The blaze is believed to have started after as a resident tried to burn some scrap copper.

Nine fire engines were sent to the scene, managing to extinguish it on Wednesday afternoon local time.

Local authorities have detained the person they believe responsible for causing the fire.