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Explosion in Harold Hill: Post office window blown out

PUBLISHED: 17:28 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 04 March 2018

The explosion happened in  the post office in  Farnham Road, off Hilldene  Avenue, Harold Hill, on Sunday, March 4.  Picture: Paul Bennett

The explosion happened in the post office in Farnham Road, off Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, on Sunday, March 4. Picture: Paul Bennett

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The explosion in Harold Hill this afternoon blew a large kitchen window some 20 metres according to a witness.

Remzi Savas was in his restaurant next door when he heard the explosion. Picture: Paul BennettRemzi Savas was in his restaurant next door when he heard the explosion. Picture: Paul Bennett

Remzi Savas, 36, is the owner of Saray BBQ Turkish restaurant next to the post office in Farnham Road. He said: “There was a big noise about 1.40pm and I ran out the front of the restaurant. I was thinking it was a bomb attack.

“I couldn’t see anything out the front so I ran out the back and a big kitchen window frame had been blown 20m from the kitchen of the post office. There was glass everywhere.

“I could see a fridge burning. There was a lot of smoke. I called out to see if anyone was hurt but no one was. I evacuated my restaurant and told people in the street to keep away.

“Someone else called the fire brigade and the police and they evacuated the shops and the flats above.”

The area was cordoned off while the emergency services investigated but there was limited damaged to the post office and the cordon has been lifted, residents are back in their homes and the Saray BBQ restaurant is open as usual.

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