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Eight people died in a gas explosion in London yesterday morning

Eight people died in a gas explosion in London yesterday morning. A further seven people were injured in the blast, which destroyed a block of flats three storeys high, in Putney. The explosion is believed to have been due to a mains gas leak caused by the recent cold weather. January 1985 P004454

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Buildings Collapse Damage Destruction Emergency Services Explosion Firefighter Wreckage


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Tragedy Strikes London - Eight Lives Lost in Devastating Gas Explosion

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. This haunting print captures the aftermath of a horrific gas explosion that shook Putney, London, on a fateful morning in January 1985. The devastating blast claimed the lives of eight innocent individuals and left seven others injured, as emergency services rushed to the scene. The image showcases the grim reality faced by firefighters and rescue teams amidst the wreckage of a three-storey block of flats reduced to ruins. The sheer destruction is evident as buildings collapse under the weight of this catastrophic event. It serves as a stark reminder of how swiftly life can be altered by unforeseen circumstances. Authorities believe that extreme cold weather conditions were responsible for triggering a mains gas leak, ultimately leading to this tragic incident. As investigations unfolded, questions arose about safety measures and regulations surrounding gas usage within residential areas during such harsh climates. This poignant photograph from Mirrorpix's Memory Lane Prints collection encapsulates not only the immediate aftermath but also highlights the resilience and bravery exhibited by emergency responders who risked their own lives to save others amidst chaos. As we reflect upon this heart-wrenching moment frozen in time, let us remember those lost and honor their memory by advocating for stringent safety protocols that prevent similar tragedies from occurring again.

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