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People affected by thick brown dust thrown up by a gas explosion in Scunthorpe last month could receive compensation for damage to their homes, it has been revealed.
Hundreds were forced out of their homes by the blast in Ashby Road, which also saw a worker airlifted to hospital. Residents say their homes and gardens were covered in the dust from the explosion.
A spokesperson for National Grid said arrangements are being made for affected properties to be cleaned up.
National Grid engineers are today continuing to repair a medium pressure gas main in Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, near the junction with Lloyds Avenue, following an explosion on Tuesday.
Engineers say they are unsure how long the repair work will take. The junction of Ashby Road and Lloyds Avenue remains closed. An update will be available later today.
National Grid customer liaison officers will be on site today to deal with any queries and concerns from local residents.
The explosion happened while the gas mains were being worked on. One of the workers suffered a broken leg in the blast.
People were able to return to their homes last night after the area was evacuated.
National Grid say repairs are underway to a gas pipe following an explosion in Scunthorpe.
Engineers stopped the flow of gas from the main in Ashby Road this morning while homes were evacuated. They are now working to ensure that the residents of 50 houses in the area can return to them.
Work is also ongoing to clean up dust and debris.
The explosion happened this morning while workers were working on the gas main. A cloud of dust and debris was thrown from the trench. One worker is being treated in hospital for a broken leg.
The cause of the incident is not yet known and is being investigated. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.
The junction of Ashby Road and Lloyds remains closed to traffic.
Most residents have been allowed back into their houses in the Ashby Rd area now following the gas explosion in Scunthorpe earlier today
Road closure have been lifted apart from Ashby Road at the junction with Lloyds Avenue #7608
Chris Curtis took this picture minutes after the gas explosion in Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, in which a man suffered a broken leg.
National Grid engineers are dealing with a gas escape from a medium pressure main in Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, near the junction with Lloyds Avenue, following an incident earlier today. Whilst we were working on the gas main there was a release of gas from the pipe. This resulted in a cloud of dust and debris being thrown from the trench. A worker was injured and is being treated in hospital. Our thoughts are with him and his family.
– National Grid spokesman
National Grid engineers have isolated the gas supply to the pipe. Approximately 50 homes have been evacuated and Ashby Road has been closed to traffic. The cause of the incident is not yet known and is being investigated. If anyone smells gas they are urged to contact the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.
The man rescued from the scene of a gas explosion in Scunthorpe is in a stable condition in hospital with a broken leg. Meanwhile, a 200m cordon is in place around houses in the area and residents are being moved to The Pods Leisure Centre.
National Gas Network and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are working together to isolate the gas supply and make safe. A 400m traffic cordon is also in place around the area of Ashby Road. Drivers are urged to avoid the area completely.
Road closures in place include Rowland Road, Lloyds Avenue, the junction of Ashby Road and West Common Lane, the junction of Cottage Beck Road and Queensway.
A few moments ago the air ambulance took off - after emergency services freed one person following the explosion. Earlier East Midlands Ambulance service said it was working to free one person who was trapped - no other injuries have been reported.