Church and multiple cars ‘engulfed in flames’ as explosions heard in London

Two cars, a van, and part of a church are in flames after a fire broke out in northeast London.

At least four fire engines and 25 firefighters are tackling the blaze on High Road in South Woodford, in the London Borough of Redbridge.

One man is being treated by paramedics at the scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

Explosions could be heard at the site of the fire, although the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

Reports say the fire has affected the Woodford Methodist Church on Derby Road.

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One eyewitness shared a video on Twitter showing flames leaping into the air, with fire engines at the scene.

Captioning the video, Twitter user Felice wrote: "Incident in South Woodford, fire and smoke everywhere. One van, two cars and a church. Ongoing explosions."

In a statement, London Fire Brigade said: "Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters have been called to a fire on High Road in South Woodford.

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"Two cars, a van and a small part of the exterior of a church are alight.

"The Brigade's Control Officers have received 21 calls about the blaze."

Fire crews from nearby Walthamstow, Chingford and Leytonstone were called at 11.44am to the scene, the service said.

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The cause of the fire isn't known at this time.

An eyewitness in a building nearby told the Ilford Recorder they had heard a commotion and a loud bang outside, but didn't think anything of it until they heard sirens from the fire engines a few minutes later.

He said: "We didn't even smell the smoke, but all of a sudden there were a load of firefighters outside and they told us there were two cars on fire.

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"We've been told we can stay where we are so I think they've got it under control now."

Another witness Lori Edwards tweeted: "What's happening in Derby Road, South Woodford?"

At 12.49, the LFB confirmed that the fire was now under control.

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