Norfolk

Gorleston house collapses in suspected gas explosion

Scene of house explosion on Fredrick Road, Gorleston
Image caption Two people are being treated for burns following the explosion

Part of a house collapsed after a suspected gas explosion that left two people with serious burns.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to Fredrick Road in Gorleston, Norfolk, at 11:00 GMT amid reports of the blast.

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were treated for burns to their arms, upper bodies and face.

Three fire engines and a search and rescue team were called to the scene. An investigation is now underway, the fire service said.

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Media captionThe explosion left the front of the building unstable

Norfolk deputy fire officer Roy Harold said the building was unsafe and "literally coming apart at the seams".

It was too early to identify a cause of the explosion, he said.

The man and woman, who were taken to nearby James Paget Hospital, were not thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries, he added.

Local resident Kim Aeger said she thought a lorry had crashed on the nearby main road when she heard the explosion.

"I heard a woman screaming," she said.

"I saw her and a man with burns so we called an ambulance.

Image caption The explosion caused extensive damage to the Gorleston property
Image caption Engineers have turned off the gas supply as a precaution
Image caption Fredrick Road has been closed to traffic with emergency services attending the scene

"The woman was concerned about her cat and a lizard still in the house.

"The whole side of the building had gone and there was a strong smell of gas.

"The wall had collapsed onto the drive next to the house and had damaged a car parked there."

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Image caption An image of the house taken before the blast suggests most of the wall on one side was destroyed
Image caption Emergency services remain on the scene following the explosion

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