Tooting explosion: 'Huge' blast in South London - emergency services on the scene



31.07.2019 06:50

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The huge blast took place at a property on the Siward Road Estate on Garratt Lane early on Wednesday morning. Emergency services are said to have responded and are currently at the scene. A section of Garratt Lane remains cordoned off while police and firefighters attend.

Police have said that "up to three people" are said to have been injured by the blast.One horrified witness wrote on Twitter: "Oh my god! They're pulling out a body."At around 7.56am, the official Transport for London Twitter account read: "A217 Garratt Lane at the junction of Burntwood Lane is closed due to a gas leak. Please use alternative route."Residents of the local area posted pictures to social media.

Teh stark images showed household items and debris strewn across the road.An entire wall of the property appeared to have been blasted from the building.One resident, Johannes Rueter, wrote: "Explosion in Garratt Lane #Tooting. #WandsworthPolice reacted quickly and checked the debris for the inhabitants within minutes."

Another Twitter user said: "Garratt Lane building blew up at 7am this morning."Trafiic monitoriting website Jambuster tweeted: "A217 Garratt Lane (SW17) (All Directions) at the junction of Burntwood Lane - Road closed because of a gas escape. Use an alternative route."Another user wrote: "RE explosion in Garratt Lane in Tooting.

"I'm told that there is nothing sinister about the blast and that it was a gas explosion."No news on injuries as of yet."The incident is set to cause traffic chaos in the area.

London Bus routes 44, 77 and 270 are being diverted.Route 44 and 270 have been diverted via Durnsford Road and Buckhold Road.Bus Route 77 is diverted via Trinity Road and Upper Tooting Road.

Wandsworth Police confirmed they responded to reports of a gas explosion.A statement on the Met Police website said: "Emergency crews are working to assist those injured as a result of the damage caused. At this early stage, up to three people have been found with injuries."Work at the scene is ongoing. No arrests have been made. A police cordon has been put in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

"Emergency crews continue to deal at the scene."Sergeant John Nicolaou from South West BCU 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."This is a breaking story. More to follow.


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