World News – GB – Suspected gas explosion at a West London store


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A man was injured and a child rescued after a suspected gas explosion at a West London store

The explosion allegedly occurred at a phone shop and barbers on King Street in Ealing around 6 a.m.8 p.m. this morning

Images on social media show firefighters climbing the building to help a person trapped in an apartment on the upper floor

Firefighters said they saved four adults and a child from the wreckage of the building

Firefighters evacuated 16 other residents including two children from the scene and closed surrounding roads

The owner of the Dr Phone mobile phone store which was destroyed in the explosion said he was « shocked » to arrive at the scene

Jatinder Singh, 36, said he received a phone call from a neighbor telling him that his mobile phone store had been totally destroyed

« I’m not sure what happened I’m in shock My owner is in there now looking he is also in shock I don’t know if anyone was hurt or who lived upstairs There is too much that I lost in there « 

« I closed my shop as usual last night and I didn’t think anything was wrong Then I got a phone call from a neighbor to come here that my shop was totally destroyed

« I’m fine, I’m not injured The police have a special dog team and keep everyone away »

London firefighters said there had been a structural collapse of the building which involved a store with apartments above

Station commander Alan Brand, who is at the scene, said: « Four adults and a child were rescued from the back of the property by firefighters using a ladder Fourteen other adults and two children were self-evacuated from the surrounding properties Teams of specialists are looking in the building for any other person likely to be involved

« This is an ongoing operation and I would ask people to avoid the area if possible »

He added: « A large explosion occurred in a store Man was found injured

« At this early stage, it is believed to be a gas explosion and is not considered suspicious »

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