Morriston: Emergency services at scene of suspected gas explosion in Swansea

A man has has died and three people have been treated in hospital after a suspected gas explosion in the Morriston area of Swansea.

One person remains in hospital while two others, including a child, have now been discharged.

A major incident was declared by the police and fire services on Monday morning following reports of an explosion at the junction of Field Close and Clydach Road in Morriston.

Police confirmed two properties had been "extensively damaged" as well as nearby homes being evacuated.

Images show one house has appeared to have completely collapsed. Credit: Media Wales

A rest centre at the local football club has been set up by the council to support those affected. The police are urging people to stay away from the area.

In a statement, Swansea Bay University Health Board said the child and one of the adults were "treated and discharged", while the other adult was "admitted with trauma injuries, and is in a stable condition."

Several posts on social media reported hearing a loud bang in the area.

A local resident told ITV News his whole house shook, describing it as "one heck of an explosion."

"There was smoke everywhere, toilet paper flying around the place, still down there stuck to the houses and I went down there and there's no house there, it's flat.

"There was a postal van in the lane, that was covered, luckily the postman wasn't in it, he was injured but he was further down and I've never experienced anything like that, nothing at all."

Fire crews from several stations attended the scene as well as the Wales Air Ambulance.

Roads in the area have been closed while investigations take place to determine the cause of the explosion.

Residents gathered close to the scene following the explosion. Credit: Media Wales

Rob Long, Chief Operating Officer for Wales & West Utilities, said: “We have been working with the emergency services following an explosion at a property in the Clydach Road area of Swansea yesterday morning (13 March). 

"As the gas emergency service, our role is to make the area safe and support the investigation.

“The cause of the explosion is not yet known, and we are remaining at the scene to support the emergency services."

He added: “We would like to reassure local residents that every safety precaution is being taken. As part of this, we are joined by other utilities in turning off gas and power to the immediate surrounding properties – however, there will be no impact on gas supplies to the wider area.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of those affected and with the community of Morriston.”

  • Richard Morgan was live outside Morriston Memorial Hall, where people who have been evacuated from their homes are being cared for

Football team Morriston Town AFC has opened its club house for neighbours to keep warm following the horrific explosion.

A club spokesman said, "We really hope everyone is okay. If there is anything we can do to help any of the local residents please do not hesitate to contact us.

"We have just opened the club for any residents who just want to get inside in the warmth, have free tea/coffee etc. Sending all our love to all affected".