‘Major gas explosion’ causes large fire at block of flats in Bedford

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Firefighters are tackling a blaze caused by a state detonation astatine a artifact of flats successful Bedford.

Unverified footage shared connected societal media shows plumes of occurrence erupting from what users described arsenic a artifact of flats arsenic occurrence engines showered the blaze with water.

Bedfordshire occurrence and rescue work said the occurrence connected Redwood Grove was caused by a “major state explosion”.

It said successful a statement:

“There are presently six appliances, 2 h2o carriers [and] an incidental bid portion astatine the scene.

“Please debar the country and support windows and doors closed.”

The incidental comes conscionable implicit a week aft a state detonation successful Kingstanding, Birmingham, which killed a 79-year-old woman.

Adam Fisher said helium heard a “huge explosion” earlier witnessing “an inferno” successful Bedford.

The 37-year-old income worker, whose bureau is nearby, said: “A immense detonation heard – everyone went to our enactment car parkland to spot what was happening.

“Our gathering is adjacent to the flat analyzable – instantly an inferno [was] visible, immense fume unreality billowing, radical screaming and radical frantically calling for exigency services.”

Bedfordshire constabulary are besides progressive successful the response. The unit said connected Twitter: “We are alert of an incidental this greeting successful Redwood Grove, Bedford. All exigency services are alert and are successful attendance.”

The unit urged radical to debar the country and those who unrecorded adjacent to support windows and doors closed.

It added: “Emergency services are doing everything they can.”

On 26 June, a state detonation destroyed a location and earnestly damaged 3 others successful Kingstanding.

Doreen Rees-Bibb was killed successful the detonation portion her partner, who was pulled live from the rubble by neighbours, was taken to infirmary with life-threatening injuries.

More details soon …