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Victim in fight for life after house explosion

Three police officers hurt when blaze erupts in basement flat after visit by bailiffs

21 April, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Firefighters tackle the blaze that erupted after blast in Stapleton Hall Road

A MAN was fighting for his life yesterday (Thursday) after an explosion at a house in Stroud Green which left three police officers injured.

It is understood that a man armed himself with a knife just before midday on Wednesday after bailiffs visited the flat in Stapleton Hall Road.

Police officers rushed to the scene where the man, in his 40s, is believed to have been in a basement flat when there was a “localised explosion” within the property.

More than 70 firefighters were called to the ensuing blaze, which engulfed the basement. The London Air Ambulance was also called.

The man, who suffered serious burns injuries, was said to be in a life-threatening condition at a specialist burns unit.

Three police officers – two women and a man – were also taken to hospital, though their injuries are not believed to be serious.

The burned-out house

The property was evacuated as a precaution but no neighbouring homes were affected.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said the blaze was under control by 3.30pm.

A Met police spokeswoman said: “Inquiries into the cause of the explosion are ongoing. This incident is not being treated as terrorism related.”

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. There are no other reported injuries.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation has been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards as a matter of procedure and has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Borough Commander of Haringey Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap said: “This is a serious incident where several of my officers have been injured as well as a man at the property, who remains in a critical condition.

“We are still investigating what happened and exactly how the explosion occurred. The officers who responded to this call faced a dangerous situation and I am proud of the courage they showed.”

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