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Explosion rocks Blackburn house, man taken to hospital

A man has been taken to hospital after a massive explosion rocked a Lancashire home on a quiet terraced street.

The sudden explosion sent bricks and shattered windows flying onto the street at the house in Blackburn on Sunday evening.

Shocking images of the aftermath showed a destroyed top floor of the house, with a parked car covered in bricks and debris.

A man, whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, was rescued from the building and taken to hospital, while surrounding properties were also evacuated.

One resident said he heard a “huge bang” and people ran into the street, which smelled of gasoline, to see what was happening.

Debris litters the road and pavement on London Road, Blackburn, Lancashire (PA)Debris litters the road and pavement on London Road, Blackburn, Lancashire (PA)

Debris litters the road and pavement on London Road, Blackburn, Lancashire (PA)

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said crews were dispatched from Blackburn and Hyndburn stations, as well as Chorley Urban Search and Rescue Team.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of a house collapse at an address on London Road just before 8pm this evening and emergency services including police, fire and ambulance attended the scene quickly.”

“A man was rescued from the property by firefighters and taken to hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening.

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“A number of nearby properties have been evacuated and a recovery center set up at the Noorani Education Center on Hartley Street and we are truly grateful for their support. We ask people to avoid the area if possible.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue added: “A man was rescued from the property by firefighters and taken to hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening. He is considered the only injured person.

“A number of nearby properties have been evacuated and a recovery center has been set up at the Noorani Education Center on Hartley Street and we are grateful for their support.

“Several road closures remain in place and emergency services remain on scene. We ask people to avoid the area if possible. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.”

Councilor Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn on Darwen Council, suspected the explosion was caused by gas, although the official cause is not yet known.

Mr Riley said: “The gas explosion must have been really frightening for everyone involved. I am truly sorry that one family lost their home and eight other families had to be evacuated.

“I hope that the man who was inside at the time recovers quickly. The council worked closely with all other public services to respond to the explosion.”

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