Gas Explosion In Cheltenham

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

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Fireman explains how explosion victim escaped death

Engineers will soon begin demolishing the remains of a house which was wrecked in a suspected gas explosion last night in Rosehill Street in Cheltenham. The house was so badly damaged that it is hard to believe anyone could have escaped from it alive.

But pensioner Betty Hodgkiss did. Fireman John French, who took part in her rescue, explains how a fluke in the way the debris landed over Ms Hodgkiss probably saved her life.

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Devastation of explosion

An elderly woman was rescued from the rubble Credit: ITV West
Elderly woman 'lucky to be alive' after being pulled from rubble Credit: ITV West

Cheltenham General Hospital has confirmed the elderly woman rescued from a suspected gas explosion in Cheltenham is in a 'stable' condition. Neighbours said she is 'lucky to be alive' and are still shocked that nobody else was injured in the explosion. The road remains sealed off.

Explosion woman 'lucky to be alive'

An elderly woman is lucky to be alive following an explosion at a house in Cheltenham. She remains at Cheltenham General Hospital this morning where her injuries are not life threatening.

There are some suggestions emerging that an old fashioned wardrobe could have saved her life. Our reporter Ken Goodwin is at the scene.

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