An elderly man in his 90s has survived a large explosion at his home in Southsea. Firefighters located the pensioner following the blast at the rear of his terraced home in Welch Road.
50% of the rear of his home has been destroyed and there is significant structural damage to the front of the property. It"s thought that the explosion was caused by a gas cooker left on overnight.
Fire crews from Southsea were called to the scene at just before 4am this morning, following reports of a loud explosion. They then entered the building using breating apparatus and found the elderly man.
The fire fighters isolated the gas supply and requested the attendance of the gas board. The 8 surrounding properties were evacuated following the blast with residents spending the night at the local Salvation Army centre. The elderly resident of the property was taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service.