Thornton Heath explosion: what happened in Croydon?

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A statement from the London Fire Brigade said six fire engines and over 40 firefighters were dispatched to Galpin’s Road

A house in Thornton Heath has collapsed after an early morning explosion. In addition to the fire brigade, the police and paramedics were also called to the site of the explosion.

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That’s all we know so far about what happened on Galpin’s Road.

What happened at Croydon?

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Just after 7am (Monday 8 August) firefighters were called to the scene of the fire in Galpin’s Road, Croydon, following an explosion.

A statement released at 7:08am by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said “six fire engines and around 40 firefighters” were dispatched to the Thornton Heath site.

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Gas crews on site on Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath, south London, where a house collapsed amid fire and explosion (Photo: PA/Dominic Lipinski)

Fire crews from Norbury, Mitcham, West Norwood, Woodside and the surrounding fire stations were on site.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were also at the scene, and the London Ambulance Service added that it too was responding to the incident with a “number of resources on the ground”.

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The LFB said that “the cause of the fire and explosion is not known at this time”, however some local residents said they had reported a strong smell of gas two weeks ago, others added that they had become dizzy and sick in the last two days.

An unnamed resident of two years also said so mirror that he was ordered to leave the area because of a “gas explosion”.

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The scene on Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath, south London, where a house collapsed amid fire and explosion (Photo: PA/Dominic Lipinski)

He said: “I woke up so suddenly, I didn’t know what had happened.

“I opened my front door and the house was gone. There are two children living there, but I don’t know the family.

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“I started filming when firefighters showed up and the police said I had to go because of a gas explosion.”

How many houses were damaged?

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A terraced house collapsed after the explosion, and several neighboring properties were also damaged.

Images from the scene showed the roof of a house completely destroyed as a result of the blast, with debris strewn across the street.

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Ambulance services at the scene on Galpin’s Road, Thornton Heath, south London (Photo: PA/Dominic Lipinski)

Other images show damage to the common walls of neighboring houses.

At 10:16 a.m., the LFB wrote on Twitter that “firefighters are conducting systematic searches and working to secure the crime scene after the blast.”

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Has anyone been hurt?

An official statement on any injuries sustained in the blast has not yet been released.

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The LFB said three people were rescued, with local media reporting three people were carried away from the scene while another was being treated for burns.

Emergency services at the scene on Galpin’s Road (Photo: PA/Dominic Lipinski)

Two neighbors, Kutoya Kukanda, 50, and Delroy Simms, 62, told the PA news agency they helped rescue three children from the rubble around 7am but they feared a girl, around the age of four or was still locked inside five years ago.

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They believed the children’s mother had been evacuated.

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