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Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:41 PM

Aerosol can heated by electric hob causes Mitcham flat explosion

07/02/2019 19:49
House or flat fire

Firefighters are warning about the dangers of leaving aerosol cans next to an electric hob after one exploded in a flat on Church Road in Mitcham and left it uninhabitable.

It’s believed the explosion was caused after an air freshener can was accidentally left on the kitchen hob which had been left switched on.

London Fire Brigade’s Watch Manager, Anton Keach said: “Leaving an aerosol can next to your kitchen hob can be deadly.

“The force of the blast shook the building and badly damaged the walls, floor and shattered glass inside the flat leaving it uninhabitable. Aerosol cans contain compressed gas and if heated can explode causing devastation. We’d also advise to never leave aerosol cans next to candles or on window sills in direct sunlight.

A woman and two children were treated on scene by London Ambulance Service and were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.”

The Brigade was called at 1949 and the incident was over at 2211. Fire crews from Mitcham and Wimbledon fire stations were at the scene.


Aerosol can heated by electric hob causes Mitcham flat explosion