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Man suffering from 'serious burns' taken to hospital after explosion in Chippenham

A cordon has been put in place with buildings within this area being evacuated. Photo: PA

A man suffering from serious burns has been taken to hospital after an explosion in Chippenham.

Fire and Rescue Services are currently in attendance in Market Place, Chippenham where an explosion happened earlier this evening.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service says it received a 999 call at 6.12pm to say there had been an explosion in a third floor flat within a mid terraced building.

Five fire engines were initially sent to the incident.

Fire and Rescue services say everyone who could have been in the building has been accounted for.

The Service is now downscaling its presence but says investigations into what happened will continue for some time.

Dorset Fire and Rescue says the property has suffered "significant structural damage".

A cordon has been put in place with buildings within this area being evacuated. Drivers are being told to avoid the area this evening.

The Fire and Rescue Service says it is working with Wilshire Police to determine the cause of the explosion and ensure that the area is safe.