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Three injured in Leicestershire house explosion

Three people have been injured in a "large explosion" that left a house in ruins.

Leicestershire Fire Service said everyone has now been accounted for and they are on their way to hospital.

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Leicestershire Police said they responded to reports of a "loud bang" in Birstall, Leicestershire at around 7.33am on Monday.

Residents in nearby homes were evacuated, with pictures on social media appearing to show the two-storey house had collapsed.

One house has collapsed Credit: @Pipes1
Six houses have been damaged in total Credit: PA

Leicestershire Police said:

Officers are at an address in Allington Drive, Birstall, at 7.33am this morning (Monday) following reports of a loud bang and house being damaged.

Police, along with the fire and ambulance service, are at the scene.

Investigations in to the cause of the damage are in their very early stages.

Allington Drive is currently closed and is likely to remain so for a number of hours while enquiries are carried out.

Two people are injured and are being attended to by paramedics. The nature of their injuries is not known at this time.

– Leicestershire Police

Six other properties on Allington Drive have also been damaged.

Charnwood Borough Council said:

We're aware of the incident in Birstall and supporting the emergency services. We will be ensuring residents' welfare is looked after and have officers on the scene, including from our building control team.

– Charnwood Borough Council statement

Birstall Parish Centre has been opened for residents who have been evacuated from their homes.