Neighbours say it smelled of gas a week before explosion that killed a four-year-old girl

Neighbours have claimed it smelled of gas for a week before a huge explosion destroyed a south London home and killed a four-year-old girl this morning – the fifth fatality after seven blasts in the last 15 months.

People living on Galpin’s Road in Thornton Heath, near Croydon, said they had reported a strong smell of gas in the two weeks before the incident at around 7am this morning which left a terraced house collapsed.

Some residents said they had been feeling dizzy and sick over the last two days with one person saying they could still smell gas after the blast which shattered windows and severely damaged neighbouring properties.

Three other people were hospitalised with potentially life-threatening injuries and a further person was treated at the scene following the blast, which was described as sounding ‘like a bomb had gone off’.

Witnesses said they saw the mother of the child come out of the rubble with bleeding hands and screaming: ‘One of my daughters is still inside. What…

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