Woman found dead after `gas explosion´ tears through flat

Woman is found dead after ‘gas explosion’ tears through flat in the middle of the night

  • A woman died after an explosion in the early hours of Sunday morning 
  • Firefighters are investigating at the scene in Harrow, north-west London 
  • Around 40 people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution 

A woman has died after a suspected gas explosion at a flat in north-west London, setting the building on fire.

The victim was found inside a flat in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, as firefighters searched the property on Sunday morning.

A baby was among three people who had to be rescued from the first floor of the two-storey building as emergency services, including 70 firefighters, responded to the incident.

Neighbours watched on helplessly as the terrifying scene unfolded in the middle of the night.  

Firefighters had brought the fire under control by about 3.30am (@rahmanalanezi/PA)

Around 40 people were evacuated from nearby homes as a precaution after the blaze

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Firefighters were called to the scene in the early hours of Sunday but they were unable to save the woman

Investigators are probing the scene after what was believed to be a gas explosion wrecked a home in London

Local resident Rahman Alanezi told the Press Association: ‘Everyone was screaming that there was a baby inside and they took him out.’

He added that an ‘old lady’ was missing after the blast.

Around 40 people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution as crews tackled the blaze for several hours.

The LFB said the fire had been brought under control by about 3.30am.

The woman’s body was found at about 4am as firefighters searched the property, the Metropolitan Police said.

The LFB and the Met are probing the cause of the blast and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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