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Full Report: Man dies in Brandon house explosion

An explosion at a house in Brandon has ripped apart a family home and left one man dead and his brother badly injured in hospital.

Investigators say they now believe a leak from a small gas heater caused the blast.

The explosion destroyed both floors of the semi-detached home, along with most of the roof.

watch the full report from Gregg Easteal below.

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Fire and Rescue Service: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this tragic time"

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman at this tragic time.

"As a Service we aim to protect and educate the members of our communities about the dangers of fire.

"At a time like this we are reminded of the dangers of fire and urge all residents to take up our offer of free Home Fire Safety Advice and to fit smoke alarms in their properties.

"If you already have a smoke alarm, remember to test it once a week”.

– Stuart Errington, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

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