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House safe for investigators to enter after suspected gas explosion kills one

The destroyed bungalow at Back Lane in Eye. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Fire investigators have this afternoon finally been able to enter a house where a man died in a suspected gas explosion.

Crews were called to a blaze at at bungalow at Back Lane in Eye, near Peterborough, on Friday morning.

Neighbours reported smelling gas and hearing a loud bang.

But investigators were unable to access the property to confirm the cause of the fire because it was structurally unsafe.

This afternoon, the fire service said it was now safe to enter the bungalow and they hoped to determine the cause as soon as possible.

Neighbour Mark Short has described how he ran into the house next door to rescue its sleeping owner.

"It looked like her roof was on fire - it was just catching - so the first thing was to get in before anything started happening. I don't even remember what it was like inside.

"She had a walking frame but she had no shoes on and there didn't look like there was any time to start hunting for shoes so we just thought we would pick her up and carry her out.

"To get in the other house was definitely a no chance because the door was melting."

– Mark Short, neighbour.

Poor parking blocks fire crews on Cambridgeshire road

A fire engine struggles to get access to a road in Huntingdon. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

Firefighters in Cambridgeshire have shared this photograph of a fire engine blocked from driving down a road in Huntingdon because of inconsiderate parking.

The crew was not on an emergency call - meaning no lives were put at risk this time - but it hopes the worrying image will make people think more carefully about how they leave their cars.

"Luckily, they were on access checks and not a 999 call - but if it had been an emergency call it would have added another five minutes to a time-critical incident. Please think about how you park when leaving your car on the streets of Huntingdon."

– Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

The photo was taking on American Lane in the town on Friday morning.


Man dies in suspected gas explosion

The bungalow after the explosion

One man has died in a suspected gas explosion at a bungalow in Eye near Peterborough.

It happened yesterday evening in Back Lane. Five five crews were called to the scene.

The bungalow after the explosion

An investigation is already underway to find the cause and a structural engineer has been called in to help make the building safe before the body can be removed.

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Body in burning car 'not suspicious'

A body has been found in a burning car. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The body of a man has been found in a burning car in Suffolk.

Police were called by the fire service after it attended a blaze at Redlingfield Road, between Eye and Redlingfield, on Saturday morning.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 80s, was found inside the car.

A police spokesman said neither the fire nor the man's death were being treated as suspicious.


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