Firefighters rescue woman from roof after explosion at launderette in south London

Telegraph reporters
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The blaze destroyed the launderette and damaged the flats above it - Twitter
The blaze destroyed the launderette and damaged the flats above it - Twitter

Firefighters have rescued a woman from a roof after an explosion at a launderette on a high street in south London.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade were called to a severe blaze in the shop, on Croydon High Street, arriving at the scene at just before 1am on Friday morning.

Crews were faced with a "fully developed fire" which videos posted on social media show had spread to the flats above the launderette.

Fire crews rescued the woman, believed to have climbed on to the the roof at the rear of the building, with a ladder propped on the roof of the first-floor flat.

The woman, who suffered leg, hip and arm injuries, was treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

The fire brigade said two adults and one child had left the property before crews arrived.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade told The Mirror that everyone in the building had been accounted for.

The fire, which engulfed the front of the building, destroyed the launderette on the ground floor and damaged parts of the first and second floor, the fire brigade said. The fire was under control by about 2.30am.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.