Gas Explosion In Cheltenham

The emergency services are currently responding to a gas explosion on Rosehill Street in Cheltenham.

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Gas explosion victim out of hospital

Firefighters found 81 year old Betty Hodgkiss in the ruins of her home, describing her survival as 'miraculous' Credit: ITV West

An 81 year old woman has left hospital about two weeks after she had a miracle escape from an explosion which ripped her terraced home apart. Betty Hodgkiss suffered only a broken leg, cuts and bruises in the blast in Rosehill Street, Cheltenham and has now been discharged to recuperate.

Rescue teams spent half an hour removing bricks and other debris before finding her in a void made by fallen timbers at her home and her escape was described as "miraculous" by a firefighter at the scene

Cheltenham gas explosion: appeal for donations

The explosion happened in Rosehill Street on 10th May Credit: ITV News

An appeal's been launched for donations to help residents whose homes were damaged by a gas explosion in Cheltenham.

The two properties either side of the house that blew up on Rosehill Street are being pulled down in an operation that's expected to take up to three weeks.

Eleven other properties were severely damaged in the blast, which happened on 10th May.

Some of the affected families are in hotels and rented accommodation.

Local residents are asking companies to see whether they can donate anything that can help. They are also planning a street party.

Betty Hodgkis, 81, whose house was destroyed in the blast, is still recovering in hospital.

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Two neighbouring houses demolished following gas explosion

Demolition work has begun to pull down the remains of houses destroyed in a gas explosion. Families were left homeless following the explosion on Rosehill Street in Cheltenham last week.

Watch the first pictures of the demolition work taking place:

81-year-old Betty Hodgkiss was rescued from the remains of the house where the explosion occurred and is in a stable condition in hospital. The two neighbouring properties are being demolished.

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Demolition will start this week

Workers prepare scaffolding ahead of demolition Credit: ITV West

Demolition work will start midweek in Rosehill Street, where a suspected gas explosion destroyed a terraced house. Cheltenham Borough Council says it doesn't know how many homes will have to be demolished following the blast which affected eleven homes. Our reporter @robmurphyitv is there.

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