At least three people have been injured in a gas explosion in Wandsworth, south-London, this morning, including a man in his 70s.
The pensioner is being treated in hospital after police were called to a block of flats in the area at 7.25am and found a wall on the building had been damaged by the blast.
Shocked eye-witnesses say the pensioner was carried out of the rubble on a stretcher before being taken to hospital following the rush hour explosion.
He has been named locally as a 79-year-old ‘character’ called Eddie who lived in the flat next door to the explosion’s origin.
The blast blew at least two huge holes in the building as shocked local residents described their houses being ‘shook’.
Pictured: Firefighters in Tooting today, where a pensioner was stretchered out of the site to hospital following a gas explosion
Emergency workers are pictured at the block of flats this morning, where a gas explosion has torn through the building
The explosion in Tooting left three people injured and the gas board is working to find out what caused the blast
Pictured: Another side of the block of flats, which the explosion tore through in Wandsworth this morning
Paramedics are pictured speaking to residents at the block of flats in south London following a gas explosion this morning
One Twitter user said: ‘Someone’s flat just exploded down Garrett Lane. My whole house shook.’
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said the pensioner was taken to hospital while three other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
She said: ‘We are not looking for anyone at the moment. We are working at the scene. It affected a number of properties.
‘A man aged in his has 70s has been taken to hospital. Three other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. It’s too early for us to say if they were of the same family.’
The force of the blast was felt hundreds of yards away. Vasi Arinton, owner of St Nicholas Patisserie, said: ‘It was a big boom. ‘I could feel the shake and I’m maybe 800 yards away. It was like a bottle exploding or a flash. I think it must have been huge.’
Pictured: Emergency crews at the scene in Tooting where a gas explosion has torn through a block of flats
Pictured: Firefighters at the site in south London this morning, where a gas explosion blasted a huge hole in a block of flats
Sergeant John Nicolaou from the Metropolitan Police said: ‘At this stage we believe up to three people have been injured as a result of what is believed to be a gas explosion.
‘We await a full update on their condition. The Health and Safety Executive will be informed in due course and the Gas Board are at the scene now. All emergency services continue to work together at the scene along with the local authority.’
The explosion tore through walls at the block of flats in Tooting, south London, this morning and police remain at the scene
Pictured: Emergency services in Wandsworth this morning, where a gas explosion tore through a block of flats, injuring three people
No arrests have been made and a police cordon has been put in place. The Met is advising motorists to avoid the area.
Footage taken across the road from the explosion shows debris strewn along street with four fire engines, several police vehicles and at least one ambulance parked up.
George Kingsley James filmed firefighters at the scene as the stood among the rubble at the site.
More than 20 firefighters attended the scene, and an investigation into the cause of the blast has been launched.