Roads closed after electrical fire causes Barking ‘explosion’

Traffic is being diverted

Traffic is being diverted - Credit: Archant

An electrical fire underneath a manhole cover is believed to have caused a town centre explosion this morning.

George Street, Cambridge Road and Linton Road in Barking were closed off after an explosion

George Street, Cambridge Road and Linton Road in Barking were closed off after an explosion - Credit: Archant

Three roads remain taped off outside Barking Enterprise Centre while workmen carry out rewiring.

Witnesses say they heard a “huge bang” in George Street at 10.15am.

Natalie Savage, 46, said: “It made me jump – I didn’t know what it was.

“I saw two guys walking across George Street and as they went to get in the road there was a huge bang and they jumped. It just came out of the ground – the smoke came up out of the ground.”

Florin Maxim, 32, was stood outside Barking Enterprise Centre in Cambridge Road, Barking, with her seven-month-old daughter Jessica Dobrea at the time.

“There was one explosion and a lot of smoke,” she said. “I was a little scared.”

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Firefighters have closed off George Street, Linton Road and Cambridge Road westbound while the rewiring is carried out.