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Pensioner escapes explosion

PUBLISHED: 11:17 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

BLAST: Neighbour Abdoulie Adams points to the damage.

BLAST: Neighbour Abdoulie Adams points to the damage.

A PENSIONER was treated for smoke inhalation after an explosion ripped through a terraced house savaged by fire.

A PENSIONER was treated for smoke inhalation after an explosion ripped through a terraced house savaged by fire.

Four fire engines from Plumstead, Woolwich and Bexley fire stations were rushed to Brookdene Road, Plumstead at 9.30am on Sunday.

The force of the blast sent the upstairs front wall of the two-storey property hurtling into the street.

Next door neighbour Abdoulie Adams was woken by the blast and ushered his four children, aged six to 14, to a safe distance away from their house.

He said: "I was in bed and heard a loud bang, so went to wake my children. An ambulance came and there were fire engines everywhere.

"You could see right into the house, there was nothing left, the flames were shooting right out and gutted everything. It was pretty scary to think it happened right next to us." Four pumps and 20 fire fighters fought to contain the blaze, which was brought under control by 10.30am.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle with a paramedic were sent to the scene from London Ambulance Service.

Barbara Harmer, who lives opposite, said: "After the bang you could hear the bricks falling in the street. I could see one of her neighbours helping the elderly lady out into the road."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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