A woman and two men have been rushed to hospital after a ‘gas explosion’ blew the windows of a take-out restaurant in London.
The suspected gas explosion erupted outside a top floor flat above a chicken shop on Western Road, Southall, just before 1.30pm today, sending glass and wood flying down the road.
The condition of the three people remains unknown while others were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade evacuated nearby homes and shops, while the main road remains blocked in both directions with detouring buses.
Meanwhile, around 40 firefighters from Southall and Feltham rushed to the scene and brought the incident under control by 4.05pm.
A woman and two men have been rushed to hospital after a ‘gas explosion’ blew out the windows of a London takeaway on Western Road, Southall
The suspected gas explosion erupted outside a top floor apartment above a chicken shop just before 1.30pm today, sending glass and wood flying onto the road
The condition of the three people remains unknown while others were treated by paramedics at the scene
The brigade confirmed that the first floor and roof of the two-story building “sustained significant structural damage” before a fire broke out following the explosion, according to MyLondon.
Police said they were called to a report of an “airborne gas explosion” at 1.27pm and emergency services were still at the scene.
Melissa Dias, 30, was traveling on a bus when the blast hit the side as she traveled with her family.
She told the Evening Standard: ‘I was holding my son in my lap. Suddenly I heard this explosion, it was so fast. I was empty for five seconds. The store’s window frame and curtains came at full speed and hit the bus very hard.
A police spokesperson said: ‘Road closures are in place and people are advised to avoid the area at this time.
Station Commander Simon Horn, who was at the scene, said: “Crews were joined by our urban search and rescue team using specialist equipment to carry out a systematic search of the property.”
He added that crews worked as quickly as possible in a difficult situation to extinguish the fire.
MailOnline has contacted the Metropolitan Police for further comment.
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