Families in a Lancashire town have been evacuated from their homes after part of a coal mine collapsed under their homes.
A section of the 150-year-old Inch Mine collapsed off Manchester Road in Baxenden. Backyards of several houses collapsed and a number of properties have been evacuated.
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Emergency services are treating the incident as a suspected gas explosion at the moment. Two people are believed to be seriously injured.