Shock after man dies in loft blast
Neighbours have spoken of their shock after a man was found dead following an explosion which ripped through a small block of flats.
The man's severely burnt body was discovered in the loft of a first-floor maisonette in Battersea, south London.
Those living nearby described feeling their homes shake as they were woken by a "massive bang".
Dominique Fregiste, 17, said she felt her bed "shudder" before she noticed flames billowing from the roof of the property on Crichton Street.
"I was asleep when the explosion happened and the whole house shook," she said.
"I thought someone had driven into the side of the house with a lorry.
"I got up and went into my brother's room which backs on to the block and his room was really hot and I could see an orange glow coming through the curtains."
The college student said she dashed out on to the road to watch as the flat was engulfed in flames.
"It was such a shock," she added. "I didn't know the man but it's terrible."
A social worker who gave his name only as "Nano" said he had later seen the man's body being removed from the building.