A child has died after an explosion destroyed a house in south London.
The terraced house on Thornton Heath was reduced to rubble by an explosion this morning.
Rescue workers have been searching the remains of the family home throughout the day.
Rescue workers and neighbors managed to pull three children out of the wreck.
But the fears of neighbors that a fourth was not brought to safety were confirmed by rescue workers.
The child was found in the rubble and pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s unclear what triggered the blast, authorities said, but people living on the street said they had smelled something that may have been gas for the past few days.
Many said they reported a strong smell of gas two weeks ago, and others said they had felt dizzy and sick for the past two days.
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “Out this morning along with colleagues [London Fire Brigade]we attended an incident on Thornton Heath.
“We treated four people. One was discharged and three others were taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, a child was also pronounced dead at the scene.”
Desperate neighbors in their pajamas watched as the search and rescue operation took place, having been evacuated from their homes hours earlier.
Witnesses said roadside windows were shattered by the force of the blast.
Pictures from the scene showed significant damage to houses across the street, with windows shattered and roof tiles shaking.
London Fire Brigade said crews had to be drafted from Norbury, Mitcham, West Norwood, Woodside and stations further afield to deal with the incident.
Around 40 firefighters were on the scene this morning, an LFB spokesman said, after receiving 999 calls.
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