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London's biggest explosion

The human cost

Dead and injured

Tom Betts
View full size imageOne of the survivors, Mr Tom Betts. © NMM

73 people died as a result of the Silvertown explosion. More than 400 were injured, 94 of them seriously. One of the injured was a fireman called Tom Betts.

He was buried by rubble as the fire station collapsed, but was rescued by men from the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Professor Angel, the Chief Chemist.