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INCIDENT: SEVEN INJURED IN MYSTERY REFURB EXPLOSION

Major contractor working with HSE and CID on cause of police HQ explosion

It has been reported by the Croydon Guardian that the police headquarters in Croydon was evacuated after an explosion in the basement left seven people injured. Fifty firefighters, three ambulances and the air ambulance helicopter attended the scene after the blast at 11.25 on Tuesday 20th March 2012.

Four construction workers engaged on refurbishing and decommissioning work in the basement firing range were involved in the blast. One was airlifted to a specialist unit in Chelmsford suffering from severe burns. Three others were treated for burns and two staff and a police officer were treated for smoke inhalation.

A spokesman for Vinci said:

“Vinci Construction UK is gravely concerned about the welfare and safety of the construction workers and others affected by this incident and has been working with all emergency services throughout the day to secure the scene of the incident. We are working with the HSE in their ongoing investigation to understand the cause of the explosion.”

Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Musker said:

“Seven people have been injured and five have been taken to hospital. While two are thought to be seriously injured. We want to reassure the public we continue to provide fully operational services to the community of Croydon. HSE are investigating the circumstances of the incident and are being assisted by CID officers and London Fire Brigade”

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