Norfolk

Pair burned in Gorleston 'gas blast' moved to specialist unit

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

Two people who suffered serious burns after an explosion demolished part of the house they were living in have been taken to a specialist unit in Essex.

A suspected gas blast severely damaged the house in Fredrick Road, Gorleston, Norfolk, on Thursday morning.

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, and treated for burns to their arms, upper body and face.

Firefighters are hoping to get inside the house to investigate the explosion.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council building control surveyors said the property was a dangerous structure.

Protective fencing has been erected and signs put up to safeguard the public.

"It is the responsibility of the property's owner to remove the danger before the fencing can be removed and the road re-opened," a spokesman said.

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Media captionThe explosion left the front of the building unstable

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

"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 will return to the house when it is secure

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