A man has suffered serious burns and a police officer has been injured in an explosion at a residential property in north-east London.
Officers were called to a disturbance at an address in Stapleton Hall Road, near Finsbury Park, at about 11.50am on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said.
Bailiffs were believed to have been at the property, the force said.
“Officers attended the location and, as they arrived at around midday, there was a localised explosion within the property,” Scotland Yard said.
“At this early stage, police are aware of two people injured. One man has sustained serious burns and a police officer sustained an arm injury. We await further details.”
The address had been evacuated and neighbouring properties were not believed to be affected, police said. The incident was ongoing and no arrests have yet been made.
London fire brigade said 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were at the scene of the explosion.
The basement of the terraced house was alight, with part of the ground floor and a shed in the rear garden also on fire. One person left the property before the arrival of the fire brigade, LFB said. The cause of the fire was unknown. Scotland Yard said the incident was not being treated as terrorism related.
The London ambulance service said it had sent a number of ambulance crews including a hazardous area response team to the scene, and dispatched an air ambulance.
“We assessed three patients and took two of them to hospital,” a spokesman said.