Three rescued and one unaccounted for after suspected gas explosion at flat

One person is unaccounted for after a suspected gas explosion tore through a flat in north-west London.

A man, woman, and a baby were rescued from the first floor of the property in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, after the blast set the building alight on Sunday morning.

Images from the scene appeared to show the two-storey property had partially collapsed as it was engulfed in flames.

Local resident Rahman Alanezi told the Press Association: “Everyone was screaming that there was a baby inside and they took him out.”

Scores of firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze at the two-storey property after the alarm was raised shortly before 1am.

“One person is unaccounted for and a search is under way,” an LFB spokeswoman said.

Fire rips through London flat after suspected gas explosion
Fire rips through London flat after suspected gas explosion

“The first floor is currently alight and has partially collapsed.

“Firefighters using an aerial ladder platform and breathing apparatus rescued a man, woman, and a baby from the first floor.

“They were assessed at the scene and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.”

About 40 people were evacuated from nearby properties as a precaution as crews from 10 fire engines tackled the blaze.

The LFB has said the cause of the explosion is not known but a gas explosion is suspected.