Gas Blast Collapses Building in Ealing, West London, Many Feared Dead

An explosion occurred at a residential building on King Street in Ealing, West London.

An explosion occurred at a residential building on King Street in Ealing, West London.

Station commander Paul Morgan said that multiple crews were deployed on the scene after reports of an explosion just after 6 am local time. 

“Sadly we believe that there are fatalities within the property although we’re unable to confirm numbers at this stage,” said Morgan. 

Footage on social media shows firefighters climbing into the damaged building to rescue a person trapped in a flat on the upper floor.

So far, four adults and one child were rescued on the scene while rescue crews are still trying to find bodies in the rubble. 

The explosion reportedly occurred inside a phone shop, Dr. Phone which was owned by a Jatinder Singh and was situated on the upper floors of the building. 

“It is a painstaking and protracted incident with firefighters working systematically to stabilize the building and search for people involved. We’d ask for people to avoid the area at this time, said Station Commander Alan Brand.

The building’s other occupants, 14 adults, and two children are reported to have self-evacuated from surrounding properties while rescue operations are ongoing. 


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