The fire department is looking for the cause of the accident.
Galpin’s Road in the south London district of Croydon is a classic British residential street: small terraced houses stand side by side. The fire brigade received at least 13 emergency calls from this street on Monday morning. The reason: A house had collapsed after a fire and an explosion.
The first calls to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) control center came in around 7 a.m. Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters supported the rescue operation on site. Why the house caught fire and what exactly triggered the explosion has not yet been finally clarified. Neighboring properties were also damaged by the blast.
The fire brigade evacuated residents immediately. So far there is no information about possible injuries. According to The Irish Sun, many people in Croydon posted on Facebook how they experienced the blast. “The explosion scared me to death,” writes one user.