Harrow fire: Person missing in suspected gas blast

The alight house in Fulbeck Way, Harrow Image copyright @rahmanalanezi
Image caption Those rescued were on the first floor of the property in Fulbeck Way, Harrow

A man, woman and baby have been rescued, but one person remains missing, following a suspected gas explosion in north-west London.

A first-floor flat was destroyed in the explosion in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, just before 01:00.

About 70 firefighters tackled the flames overnight and 40 neighbours were evacuated from their homes.

A search is under way for the missing person, London Fire Brigade said, and those rescued are in hospital.

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Image caption The roof of the two-storey building has collapsed

They were saved from the first floor by firefighters on a ladder platform.

The fire brigade said: “The first floor is currently alight and has partially collapsed.

“The cause of the explosion is not known at this time but a gas explosion is suspected.

“One person is unaccounted for and a search is under way.”

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene and a 20m cordon was put in place.

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Image caption Fire crews from Harrow, Northolt, Stanmore and surrounding fire stations attended the blaze

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