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Four injured after massive explosion at London flats

By Catherine Wylie

Four people were rushed to hospital last night after a "massive" explosion at a block of flats in east London.

Emergency services were called to the Bridge Point building in Hornchurch, just before 5.15pm where 10 fire engines tackled the resulting blaze.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of an explosion, but were unable to confirm the cause of the blast.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) said four patients were treated at the scene and taken to hospital, one of whom was taken as a priority.

Police said another person went to hospital themselves, but LAS was unable to confirm a fifth person was dealt with.

Jason Smedley (46), managing director of Nail Harmony UK, close to the Bridge Point building, said he was in his office at the time.

"We felt the whole building shake," he said, adding that he could soon see "flames billowing".

Mr Smedley said the front of the flats had been "blown out" across the road.

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