SWAIN’S LANE EXPLOSION: Man critically injured dies in hospital

The aftermath of the explosion in Swain's Lane Picture: Kenneth Tharp

The aftermath of the explosion in Swain's Lane Picture: Kenneth Tharp - Credit: Archant

The man who was critically injured in an explosion in Swain’s Lane has died.

A man has died in an explosion in Swains Lane (Pic: Sarah Lawrence)

A man has died in an explosion in Swains Lane (Pic: Sarah Lawrence) - Credit: Archant

Police remain at the building site on the corner of Swain’s lane and Highgate West Hill after the loud explosion at 2pm this afternoon.

A man in his 50’s was taken to an east London hospital and later pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.

Emergency services including two fire engines, paramedics and an air ambulance went to the scene this afternoon.

Witnesses said they heard a “huge explosion” and there was a strong smell of gas near the site.


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The area is being developed by Nobel House who started demolishing the former shops in that section of the parade recently.

A spokeswoman for the police said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 14:11hrs on Thursday, March 16 to reports of an explosion at an address in Swain’s Lane, N6.

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“London’s Air Ambulance attended and took a man, aged in his 50s, to an east London hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

“His next of kin are aware.

“The area is cordoned off and officers remain on scene.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue”.

A spokesman for the HSE said: “The Health and Safety Executive is aware of an incident that took place today at Swains Lane, Camden and is in communication with the emergency services.”

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