London

Woman burned in Wallington flats gas explosion

A woman has suffered burns after a gas explosion in south London which partly destroyed a block of flats.

The flames tore through the three-storey block in Morton close, Wallington, at about 0030 BST.

A second floor flat suffered "substantial damage", London Fire Brigade said.

Five people fled the building before firefighters arrived. A woman with burns was taken taken to ambulance and her condition is unknown.

Firefighters cut off the gas and electricity to the building, which remains cordoned off.

The cause of the blast is being investigated.

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