House collapses after reports of gas explosion as properties evacuated

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Several houses have been evacuated after a house collapsed in a Brit town after a suspected gas explosion that left two people hospitalised.

The incident occurred in Burnley, Lancashire, with police stating that people should avoid the area as they work to vacate people from nearby homes.

An 18-year-old man has been airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital suffering major trauma while a female patient was taken to the Royal Blackburn for assessment.

Heroic neighbours rushed to the aid of one person, plucking them from the house that suffered the blast, the fire service said.

"We're currently dealing with an explosion in a house on Sefton Terrace, Burnley. One person has been rescued by neighbours and taken to hospital," Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service wrote.

The force added that they have three fire engines and an urban search and rescue team at the scene.

"We're working with the other emergency services, local authorities and utilities companies to make the scene safe and assess the structure of the property," the force added.

"Please be aware we are currently dealing with a house collapse on Sefton Terrace, in #Burnley. Emergency services are at the scene and several properties have been evacuated.

"We are asking people to avoid the area around Piccadilly Road and Sefton Terrace. Many thanks," the force tweeted.

Holy Trinity C.E primary school wrote on Facebook: "Please be aware that the children are all safe and well in school and will remain inside for the rest of the afternoon.

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"Unless you hear otherwise, please pick your child up as normal. Thank you."

Another Facebook user said the incident occured because of a gas explosion, writing: "Gas explosion down Sefton terrace. Hope no one hurt to badly air ambulance there."

The blast took place close to Burnley Manchester Road train station, in a residential neighbourhood.

A spokesperson for North West Ambulance service said: "Two ambulances, an advanced paramedic, an air ambulance and an operational commander attended an incident following a 999 call at 12.11.

"We’ve conveyed two patients to hospital. An 18-year-old man has been airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital suffering major trauma. A female patient was taken to the Royal Blackburn for assessment."

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