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Driver flees after car smashes into Harrow shop and bursts into flames

Burnt car inside shop Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption The shop was destroyed in the blaze after the car caught fire

Police are searching for the driver of a car that smashed into a shop and burst into flames in north-west London.

Residents were evacuated from surrounding buildings after the vehicle crashed into the mid-terrace shop on Station Road, Harrow at 03:30 BST.

Police said they had searched local hospitals to find the driver and a passenger who are believed to have fled the scene.

The shop and car were destroyed in the blaze but nobody was reported injured.

Image copyright London Fire Brigade
Image caption Residents were evacuated from surrounding buildings by firefighters
Image copyright Met Police
Image caption The fire was under control by 06:15, London Fire Brigade said

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters took nearly three hours to put out the blaze, which also damaged offices on the first floor of the building.

Station Road has been closed for police to investigate the crash. No arrests have yet been made.

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