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Southall explosion: Windows shatter as blast rips through house and man flees fire ‘covered in dust’


Windows shattered as an explosion ripped through a burning house in Southall.

A man was seen fleeing the fire ‘covered in dust’ this morning (October 12).

Roads were closed off as 40 firefighters tackled a fire at an end-of-terrace house on North Road.

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Footage from the scene showed billowing smoke coming from the first floor of the property.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) sent six engines to the scene after being called at around 9.45am.

The fire engulfed the first floor of the property

The top floor of the house was up in flames and, as a result, LFB describe there being ‘significant structural damage’ to the first floor and roof.

The video shows firefighters trying to calm down the flames by shooting water from a hose into the property.

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Seven people left the property before the Brigade arrived and one man was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

There were no reports of casualties.

A neighbour on North Road described seeing a man emerging from the burning house carrying bags and ‘covered in dust’.

The fire was under control at around 2pm today (October 12)

The fire was under control at around 2pm today (October 12)

The resident, who did not want to be named, also described how the windows shattered at the property.

The fire was brought under control at around 2pm and is thought to have started at around 9.20am.

Due to the fire, North Road was closed at the junctions of High Street, Kingsley Avenue and Shruberry Road.

Cadent Gas Network vans were also at the scene, though it is unclear whether this is connected with the fire.

Station Commander Matt Williams said: “Crews tackled a fire on the first floor using an aerial ladder.

Paramedics treated to a man at the scene

Paramedics treated a man at the scene

“Our Urban Search and Rescue crews carried out a systematic search of the building to check there were no other people inside.

“There were some local road closures in place so we advised motorists to avoid the area where possible.

“North Road at the junctions of High Street, Kinglsey Avenue and Shruberry Road were closed.”

The cause of the fire has not been identified and it is currently under investigation.

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Motorists were advised to avoid the area due to the building traffic.

A statement from London Fire Brigade said: “Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire and explosion at a house on North Road in Southall.

“An end of terrace house converted into flats suffered significant structural damage and there was a fire which damaged part of the roof and first floor.

“Seven people left the building before the Brigade arrived and one man was treated at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

“The Brigade was called at 0948 and the incident was over for firefighters by 1354. Fire crews from Southall, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hayes, Northolt and Heston fire stations were at the scene.”

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