70 people evacuated after gas main fire in Thornton Heath

Lights out: there was a power cut in the area as three houses in Thornton Heath were damaged by fire

Firefighters tackled a fire at a row of terraced houses on London Road in Thornton Heath on Friday evening.

The ground floor of one terraced house was damaged by fire due to a ruptured gas main.

Another two terraced houses were also damaged due to fires involving fuse boxes, while a number of other properties on London Road and surrounding roads suffered a power outage.

A cordon was put in place as a precaution and around 70 people were evacuated by police. There were no reports of any injuries.

The Fire Brigade was called at 6.15pm and the fire was under control by just after 8pm. Four fire engines around 25 firefighters from Norbury, Croydon and West Norwood fire stations were at the scene.

The Brigade’s fire investigators believed the fire was accidental and caused by a fault in a neutral supply cable.

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