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The cordon around the scene of a fatal house explosion in Thornton Heath in London has been doubled amid fears of a new gas leak.
Emergency services continue to work at the scene as the cordon was expanded earlier today (August 9), and prompted four police cars to speed to the scene.
Residents in the area are not being allowed back into their homes, as the cordon was increased by around 100 metres on Galpins Road.
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Three people were injured and a child died in the gas explosion on Monday (August 8).
The blast, in a street that neighbours say has been plagued by a strong smell of gas for a number of days, rocked other homes nearby when it occurred shortly after 7.30am.
An ambulance service spokesperson confirmed yesterday: “This morning, alongside colleagues from London fire brigade, we attended an incident in Galpin’s Road, Thornton Heath.
“We treated four people. One was discharged on scene and three others were taken to hospital. Sadly, a child was also pronounced dead at the scene.
“All London ambulance service crews have now been stood down.”
Witnesses had earlier reported three people, who had been in a house that collapsed, had been stretchered away, according to Thornton Heath Chronicle.
People living in the area said a woman and four children had lived in the collapsed house.
Galpin’s Road residents Delroy Simms, 62, and Kutoya Kukanda, 50, have been called “heroes” after they rescued three children from the house moments after the blast.
Child confirmed dead after house explosion on street 'plagued by gas smell all week'
Mr Simms, dressed in his pyjamas by the cordon, told PA: “I was getting ready to go to work when I heard the explosion.
“I already knew what it was because that gas was smelling all week, really strong.
"It was giving me a headache yesterday. My neighbour has been calling them (gas engineers) all week.”
“When I heard the explosion it was like an earthquake,” he said.
The Daily Star has contacted the local police for a comment.
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