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Police attend reports of an explosion in Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 14:51 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 04 March 2018

Police and emergency services have been called to Farnham Road in Harold Hill after reports of an explosion. Photo: Shantel

Police and emergency services have been called to Farnham Road in Harold Hill after reports of an explosion. Photo: Shantel

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Police were called to Harold Hill this afternoon and residents were evacuated from their homes.

Emergency services have been called to reports of an explosion in Harold Hill. Photo: @Cortez22222 Emergency services have been called to reports of an explosion in Harold Hill. Photo: @Cortez22222

Police and emergency services were called to reports of a gas explosion in Harold Hill this afternoon.

Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service were called to Farnham Road at around 1.30pm today (Sunday, March 4).

It was later revealed that the cause of the explosion was a faulty fridge, and that there had been no injuries and limited damage.

Local residents who were evacuated from their properties are now able to return, and all cordons have been lifted.

Harold Hill resident Shantel told the Recorder that she heard the explosion and that it happened in the Post Office.

She said: “I live only a few minutes away from where it happened, my friend heard the explosion and felt the ground shake.

“I just hope that everybody is okay.

“As soon as I heard what had happened I drove to the area to try and help as much as I could.

“Residents who had been evacuated had all gone to St George’s church.”

A spokesman from Collier Row police said: “Harold Hill incident was a domestic gas explosion linked to a faulty fridge. No injuries, limited damage.”

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