At Least Four Injured As Explosion Rips Through Flat In Garratt Lane, Earlsfield

31 July 2019, 09:10 | Updated: 31 July 2019, 14:52

Emergency services rushed to a block of flats in Earlsfield after reports of an explosion which appeared to blow out the walls of a flat.

Two men, one of them elderly, have been taken to hospital following a gas explosion at a block of flats in south-west London.

At least four people have been injured after this morning's blast, which damaged a wall, in Earlsfield.

A cordon has been put in place and drivers are being told to avoid the area as emergency crews get to work.

LBC's reporter Rachael Venables was at the scene and spoke to residents of Garratt Lane who said they heard "a huge explosion rock the building."

She said one man inside the building was rescued by firefighters and is now in hospital, and a second man in the adjacent flat escaped and is now being treated in hospital.

She described the "gaping holes" on two sides of the building and said you can also see "the remains of a wardrobe with clothes still hanging up".

She reported that according to firefighters the building is still safe.

Metropolitan Police Sergeant John Nicolaou 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."

Damaged caused by the explosion
Damaged caused by the explosion. Picture: Twitter / Johannes Rueter

A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said: "Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters have been called to a suspected gas explosion on Garratt Lane in Wandsworth.

"A ground-floor flat in a three-storey block has been affected. A 25-metre cordon is in place as a precaution.

"Firefighters rescued one man from the affected flat. He has been taken to hospital. A man from an adjacent flat left before the brigade arrived and has also been taken to hospital."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Drink-driving limits in England are set at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood

Doctors call for drink-drive limit to be cut to one beer or single glass of wine as BMA launches campaign

Phillips headshot

Mystery of 'Bushman' dad-of-three who went missing with children - before robbing bank at gunpoint

The PM accused Sir Keir of trying to "entrench his power" by lowering the voting age

Rishi Sunak accuses Keir Starmer of only wanting to lower voting age to 'entrench his power'

Pressure signals could be used to locate the missing plane

Major breakthrough in MH370 mystery as nuclear sensor picks up crucial sound

Sir Ian McKellen was taken to hospital after he fell from the stage during a West End performance

Sir Ian McKellen 'in good spirits' and expected to make 'speedy and full recovery' after falling off stage

Sir Ian McKellen has been taken to hospital after he fell from the stage during a West End performance

Sir Ian McKellen rushed to hospital after falling off stage during West End performance

Dario G star Paul Spencer

Dario G star Paul Spencer dies aged 53 following cancer diagnosis

Reform chairman Richard Tice was speaking on Tonight with Andrew Marr.

'Take them back to France': Reform will have 'standoff' with French over illegal migrants if needed, says Richard Tice

The teen was helping cut the tree down as a summer job.

Pictured: Boy, 16, crushed by 30ft tree just a day after finishing final GCSE exam - as three arrested

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in shocking hit-and-run

Manhunt for Coventry hit-and-run suspect continues following death of boy, 12, as police urge public to 'do the right thing'

Parts of the UK face severe rainfall next week, dramatic weather maps suggest

Thunderstorms set to drench Britain with 10 days worth of rain failing in just three hours

Fury erupted after the cow was rammed by a police car

Let us not be hypocrites when we look at the shocking case of the runaway cow

'I didn't expect to die today': Heartbreaking film hopes to keep teenagers out of open water danger

'I didn't expect to die today': Heartbreaking film hopes to keep teenagers out of open water danger

Prince William seen at a procession for the annual Garter Day service

William beams during Order of the Garter procession as royals join King and Queen at Windsor Castle

The parkour runner damaged the UNESCO World Heritage Site building in Italy in a parkour stunt

Shocking footage captures parkour runner damaging UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy

Defendant Josef Fritzl, center, is escorted to the fourth day of his trial in the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria, Thursday, March 19, 2009.

Incest monster Josef Fritzl placed under legal guardianship amid worsening dementia