One killed in flat block inferno with warning 'more bodies may be found'

At least one person has died and three others have been taken to hospital after a gas explosion sparked an ‘inferno’ in a block of flats in Bedford.

One person was seen jumping from a second-floor window to escape the raging blaze in Redwood Grove this morning.

It is possible more deaths will be discovered in the coming days as emergency services search the scene, police have warned.

Pictures released following the tragedy show the roof completely destroyed after flames engulfed the building.

Two people were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with serious injuries, according to East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS). One person was airlifted after suffering leg injuries.

A firefighter was admitted to Bedford South Wing Hospital with smoke inhalation and has since returned home.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Superintendent John Murphy said this evening: ‘Very sadly we know that at least one person has passed away in the explosion today.

‘There is a possibility that there will be more fatalities discovered in the coming days as we continue to search through the scene and a number of people, as my colleague from the fire services has identified, were injured as well today.’



A horrified neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said earlier that they saw a resident jump from the burning building.

‘I heard the explosion from my house round the corner,’ she said.

‘I walked to town and saw the flames and also witnessed someone jump from the second-floor window while flames were blaring out.’

Adam Fisher, 37, a sales worker whose office is nearby, said he heard a ‘huge explosion’ before witnessing ‘an inferno’ at the site and people screaming.

‘A huge explosion heard – everyone went to our work car park to see what was happening’, he said.

‘Our building is adjacent to the apartment complex – immediately an inferno (was) visible, huge smoke cloud billowing, people screaming and people frantically calling for emergency services.’

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service described the blaze as a ‘major incident’.

Police, fire and ambulance services all remained at the scene this afternoon.

People have been told to avoid the area, while locals have been advised to keep all doors and windows closed.

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