Southall gas explosion - latest: Two confirmed dead after building collapses in London

Vincent Wood
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Emergency services at the scene of a  suspected gas explosion on King Street in Ealing, west London. (PA)
Emergency services at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on King Street in Ealing, west London. (PA)

Two people have died following a gas explosion at a shop in Ealing, West London.

Emergency workers are involved in a "complex" search for anyone who may still be inside the collapsed building on King Street after the incident on Wednesday morning.

A child and four adults have been rescued using a ladder, with the London Fire Brigade confirming 14 adults and two children were able to self-evacuate from the surrounding buildings.

Station Commander Paul Morgan said: “Our crews continue to search the property using specialist equipment including the use of USAR (urban search and rescue) dogs.

“Sadly we believe that there are fatalities within the property although we’re unable to confirm numbers at this stage.

“The explosion caused substantial damage to the shop and structural damage throughout.