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Three workers have been injured in an explosion at an oilseed processing plant.

Witnesses reported hearing a “huge” blast at the factory in Church Manorway, Erith, south-east London, at about 9:00 BST

A fire broke out afterwards, and firefighters remain at the scene.

ADM, which owns the oilseed plant, said three contractors working in an “adjacent silo” were being treated in hospital for injuries.

Police said three people had “suffered injuries consistent with burns”.

‘Shook our building’

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is investigating the cause of the fire, while the Health and Safety Executive said it had begun “initial inquiries” into how the workers were injured.

More than 400 workers at neighbouring businesses, including Ocado and Tesco warehouses, have been evacuated, London Fire Brigade said.

James Wall, who works opposite, said he ran outside after “a huge explosion shook our building”.

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Air ambulances were sent to the site of the explosion in Erith

Ocado said all deliveries from the warehouse on Friday would be affected, with disruption expected throughout the weekend.

Tesco said all grocery deliveries that have been disrupted by the evacuation would be re-scheduled for within the next three days.

ADM said: “The safety and health of our colleagues and the community where we operate is our priority, the fire brigade is currently working onsite, and the plant was evacuated and shut down.

“At this point, we do not know the cause of the explosion.”

The London Ambulance Service said an air ambulance trauma team was sent at about 9:15. Three people were treated and taken to hospital by ambulance.

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