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Explosion causes damage to flats

Explosion scene
An eyewitness said debris was strewn across the street

A gas explosion has damaged a block of flats in west London but no-one has been reported hurt.

Investigations are under way into the cause of the blast, which blew out five windows on the first floor of the four-storey block.

The London Fire Brigade was called to the reported gas explosion on Macbeth Street in Hammersmith and said they believed the cause was a ruptured main.

Six fire engines were called to the scene at Riverside Gardens.

One eyewitness said he was working nearby when he heard a "loud bang".

"We went outside and when you looked down Macbeth Street you could see bits of buildings, glass, wood, curtains, strewn all over the street," he said.

Hammersmith Council have set up a rest centre for people unable to move back into their flats while the investigation goes on.

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