Two hospitalised following explosion at Redwood Grove flats

Fire crews tackle the blaze at flat on Redwood Grove (photo: Ralph Blackledge)

Two people have been hospitalised following this morning’s explosion at a block of flats at Redwood Grove off Elstow Raod this morning (Monday).

One has been taken to Addenbrooke’s with serious injuries.

Following the explosion, a significant fire broke out at the three-storey block of 20 flats, engulfing the whole building and causing a large portion of the roof to collapse.

Police, fire and the ambulance service all remain in attendance.

In a statement, Bedfordshire Police said: “We know people are keen to help, but would ask people to avoid the area and keep any doors and windows closed.

“An Emergency Assistance Centre has been set up by Bedford Borough Council, at The John Bunyan Centre in Bedford, for people who have been evacuated and need support.

“An adjacent block of flats has also been evacuated and we are working as quickly as we can to get people back into their homes as quickly as possible.”