A woman has died in a house fire thought to have been caused by a gas explosion.About 70 firefighters were called to a block of flats in Harrow, northwest London, just before 1am on Sunday.The first floor of the house had partially collapsed.
A man, woman and baby were rescued by firefighters who used ladders and breathing apparatus. The woman and baby were taken to hospital by ambulance. But London Fire Brigade said another woman had died at the scene.
About 40 residents nearby were told to leave their homes and some roads in the area were closed.
Pictures from the scene showed the ruined home surrounded by rubble and firefighters dousing the flames.