London ‘gas explosion’ sparks frantic search for people trapped

Firefighters are desperately searching for trapped residents after a suspected gas explosion rocked London.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene at a shop in King Street, Ealing this morning.

Dogs and specialist officers are frantically surveying the aftermath for anybody trapped.

The Brigade said: "Firefighters are at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on King Street in Ealing which happened this morning in a shop.

"Following a suspected gas explosion this morning at a shop on King Street, specialist firefighters and our fire dogs are searching to see if anyone is trapped."

Footage on social media reportedly shows firefighters climbing into the building to help a person trapped on the upper floor.

One shop owner told the Standard: "His premises had been destroyed. It’s an absolute mess."

"I’m ok, I was outside the shop. The police are not letting me in but everything is destroyed. The police have a special dog team and are keeping everyone away.”

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Road closures have been enforced and the local council has warned residents to avoid to stay away.

Ealing Council said: "Please avoid travelling to the King Street area if possible. "

Buses are also being diverted away form the the site.

Around 40 firefighters, along with specialist officers and dogs, are currently at the scene.

Police and the ambulance service have also flocked to the busy street, which has shops and flats on it.

Footage posted online shows several fire engines and police response cars lining the closed road.

Southall Green Police pleaded: “Dear residents, business owners and the wider community Southall – please, please avoid Kings Street this morning and for the rest of the day due a local incident.”

The London Fire Brigade has been contacted for more information.

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