Two Dead In Norwich ‘Explosion’

At least two people have died, following a suspected explosion at an industrial estate, in Norwich, England.

Two people have died in a suspected explosion at an industrial estate in Norwich.

Norfolk Police said the men, one aged in his 50s and one in his 20s, died shortly after 09:00 BST.

“Officers can confirm that two people have sadly died at the scene,” a spokeswoman said. “Initial reports from the scene suggested an explosion had taken place.”

Both men are thought to have worked at the premises.

It happened at a company called Harford Attachments, which makes buckets for the front of diggers.

Staff were evacuated to a nearby bathrooms company.

East of England Ambulance Service said three people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation at the scene.

Fire crews and the air ambulance were also called to the scene.

Ashley Cashfield, who works at a nearby building, saw “very thick, black plumes of smoke rising quite slowly” from Harford Attachments, before the emergency services arrived.

“It didn’t look very nice at all,” he said. “There was lots of panic in people’s eyes.”

Norfolk Fire Service earlier told BBC Radio Norfolk there had been an explosion at the site. However, reporter Bob Carter visited the industrial unit and spoke to workers who said they had not heard any loud bangs.

Scott Norman, from the fire service, said work was being carried out to make sure the scene was safe, before the case was passed to the Health and Safety Executive and police.

He said it was “looking most likely” that the explosion happened in the “paint-spraying area” of the unit.

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