Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson following last night’s fire in Hornchurch.
The men, who have not been named, were also injured and taken to hospital.
An explosion was heard at a block of flats on Ardleigh Green Road yesterday evening, and while it is understood that there have been no fatalities, several people were injured.
“We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews,” said a spokesperson for London Ambulance.
“The first of our medics arrived in under five minutes. We have now treated four patients at the scene and taken them all to hospital. We remain on scene.”
And a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added: “At this early stage, officers are unable to confirm the cause of the explosion but enquires are under way and officers continue to liaise with the fire brigade.
“Residents have been evacuated from the building. The local authority has been informed and is also on scene.”