Three people have been arrested after an explosion and fire in Denmark Hill that left four people in hospital yesterday.
Police said today that two women and one man were arrested. Forensic officers are picking through the wreckage of the inferno that destroyed most of a building. One man is still in a critical condition this afternoon and the scene of the blast, in a garage between Coldharbour Lane and Denmark Hill, is still taped off.
Pictures taken this morning suggest that an important wave mural, painted by local artist Dominic Swords, may be irreparably damaged by the smoke.
The explosion happened at about 2.15pm yesterday, and Brixton fire crews were among those fighting the flames as Denmark Hill was closed to rush hour traffic.
A spokesperson confirmed the arrests this morning, but added: “It is not believed to be terrorist related.”
Brixton fire station manager Bruce Grain said yesterday: “The building has been severely damaged so we are not sure at this stage what the building was being used for. As soon as it’s safe to do so, our fire investigators will be working to establish exactly what happened.”
Firefighters from Brixton, Peckham, Old Kent Road and Lewisham were on the scene.