Street evacuated after gas explosion destroys house

ITV News West Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin was at the scene in Cheltenham where a house has been destroyed in a gas explosion:

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The street in Cheltenham has been evacuated after the house was reduced to rubble.

The explosion happened on Rosehill Street at about 7.30pm on Thursday evening. One elderly woman who was found in the house has been taken to hospital. Engineers are examining surrounding homes which have also been damaged.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service said they were confident no one else was inside the property and there are no other injuries.

One woman who was in the house has been taken to hospital
One woman who was in the house has been taken to hospital Credit: ITV West

Two fire engines from Kingsditch and Uckington Fire Stations were sent along with the rescue appliance from Gloucester.

When they arrived on scene, the extent of the damage was so extensive that a further three crews from around the county were deployed as well as the Urban Search and Rescue team.

The house involved has been completely demolished and neighbours have been evacuated to nearby churches.

Pictures from the scene show one house completely demolished while others nearby have also been badly damaged.

The house was already completely demolished when we arrived on scene.

We suspected that an elderly lady who lived alone was still inside. Four firefighters using breathing equipment and specialist lighting helped rescue the lady and she was conscious and talking when we got her to the ambulance

– INCIDENT COMMANDER, JEFF NEATHWAY