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Explosion avoided at Bexley home after fire tears through shed near a gas cylinder

PUBLISHED: 12:39 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 19 July 2018

A fire tore through the shed and fence in Torbrook Close, Bexley. Photo: London Fire Brigade

A fire tore through the shed and fence in Torbrook Close, Bexley. Photo: London Fire Brigade

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Firefighters have tackled a blaze which tore through the shed and fence of a Bexley home spreading dangerously close to a butane gas cylinder.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at a house on Torbrook Close in Bexley at 5.52pm yesterday, July 18.

The shed and fence were completely destroyed in the fire.

One 25kg butane cylinder was cooled and removed as a precaution, as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.

A small part of the exterior fixtures on the two storey semi-detached house were also damaged by the blaze.

Firefighters brough the fire under control by 8.16pm.

Fire crews from Bexley, Sidcup, Erith and Plumstead fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Brigade and Metropolitan Police Service.

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