Three taken to hospital after gas explosion destroys house in Leicestershire

Three taken to hospital after gas explosion destroys house in Leicestershire

Three taken to hospital after gas explosion destroys house in Leicestershire

Monday, December 11, 2017

A house has been destroyed and several others damaged following a gas explosion in Birstall, Leicestershire. 

Neighbours were woken at 7.30 on December 11 to "an almighty bang" that rattled windows and doors.

Following the blast, dozens of local residents have been evacuated for their safety. The explosion destoyed the house, its neighbouring property and six others. The explosion has been reportedly heard over two miles away in Beaumont Leys. 

Steve Ballinger of Leicestershire Firde Service said that everyone from the property, on Allington Road, has been accounted for. He added: "three people have been injured and they are on their way to hospital. There has been one total collapse and one partial collapse."

No smell of gas or fire was reported and Leicestershire Police have said that investigations into the cause of the explosion were in the "very very early stages." 

Tim Hargraves, Duty Operations manager for East Midlands Abulance servce, said: "One patient has been taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, one patient has been taken by air ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre in Coventry, and one patient is due to be taken by ambulance to the Leicester Royal Infirmary."

Matt Cane, from Leicestershire Fire and rescuse service that "one person has minor injuries and two people have significant injuries." 

Tony Timson told the BBC: "I was in bed and heard this massive explosion about 7:30.

"I quickly looked out of the window and saw debris settling on the street. I came out of the house and about 100 yards down the road was a house and a big black puff of smoke. It was completely demolished.

"We knew someone was in there."

He added that within 10 minutes of the fire service being called they arrived on the scene.