Aerial pics show aftermath of house explosion as locals describe bomb-like blast

Shocking aerial snaps reveal the aftermath of a house explosion, with locals describing it as a bomb-like blast.

A property erupted in a ball of fire on London Road, Blackburn, on Sunday night (December 17), the Daily Star previously reported. Police have now closed off the area while an investigation takes place,.

A man, believed to be a workman doing renovations, was pulled from the rubble after the entire house collapsed. He was rushed to hospital with injuries thought to be non-life-threatening.

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A neighbour, who wanted to remain nameless, said he'd spotted two construction staff at the Blackburn house on Sunday before the massive explosion wrecked the terraced building. He described the scene as if a 'bomb had gone off' when emergency teams arrived.

"At around 7.30pm, I heard the explosion. I only live a few doors away. I heard this loud bang. I thought it might be just kids in the back alley, setting off fireworks," he recalled.

"We went outside to have a look, and we saw all the neighbours. There were bricks everywhere. The house was totally blown up. It looked like a small bomb had gone off. It was chaotic, and there were two cars damage on the road. There was brick dust and glass everywhere."

The tenants, a family renting the property, are thought to have been away while repair work was being done, according to the neighbour. "Obviously it was good luck that the family wasn't there," he added.

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Lancashire Police said they were called to the address just before 8pm. They say the man is thought to be the only casualty and nearby homes were evacuated.

A spokesperson said: "We were called shortly before 8pm this evening to a report of a house collapse at an address on London Road and emergency services including police, fire and ambulance were quickly on the scene. One man was rescued from the property by firefighters and taken to hospital by ambulance.

"His injuries are not at this time thought to be life-threatening. He is believed to be the only casualty. A number of road closures remain in place and emergency services remain at the scene."

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said they had handed the casualty over to ambulance services after rescuing him from the building on arrival. Their spokesperson said: "On arrival, firefighters from Blackburn gained entry to the property to locate any casualties, with support from Hyndburn and the Urban Search and Rescue Teams from Chorley and Bamber Bridge.

"One casualty was swiftly rescued and handed over into the care of North West Ambulance Service and taken to hospital via land ambulance."

Utility supplier Cadent Gas also said their staff were at the scene this morning. Network Director for Cadent in the North West Paula Steer said: "Cadent engineers have attended an explosion in Blackburn and we continue to assist the emergency response to the incident.

"At this stage, we do not believe that the explosion is as a result of the gas network, however, it is too early to determine the exact cause and an investigation is currently taking place."

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