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A young child has died after a suspected gas explosion in Heysham ‘destroys three homes’

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A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion which reportedly destroyed up to three terraced houses in Heysham, Lancashire.

Lancashire Police said they had been called at 2.40am to the scene of the explosion after reports “a number” of houses on Mallowdale Avenue had collapsed.

Suspected gas explosion in Lancashire ‘destroys three homes’

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  • A major incident has been declared after a suspected gas explosion which reportedly destroyed up to three terraced houses in Heysham, Lancashire.
  • Lancashire Police said they had been called at 2.40am to the scene of the explosion after reports “a number” of houses on Mallowdale Avenue had collapsed.
  • In a statement, the force said: “We are currently at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham.
  • “We were called at 2.40am… to reports that a number of houses on the road had collapsed.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We remain at the scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham.

“We were called at 2.40am this morning (Sunday May 16) to reports that a number of houses on the road had collapsed.

“Our officers attended and found two houses collapsed and serious damage to a third property.

“We can now confirm that sadly a young child has died as a result of the incident. The family have been informed and our thoughts remain with them at this distressing time.

“Another four people, two men and two women have been taken to hospital. Two of those people have serious injuries.

“A search of the site is still ongoing with Lancashire Fire and Rescue and North West Ambulance Service also in attendance.

“A safety cordon has been put in place and nearby residents have been evacuated.

“We are currently working with gas service engineers to make the area safe.

“Road closures also remain in place and people are being asked to avoid the entire area while we deal with this ongoing incident.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “

Electricity North West cut off supplies to the area around the scene.

A spokesman said: “Due to a major incident in the Heysham area our engineers are removing supplies for safety reasons.

“Given the nature of the incident we are unable to confirm how many properties will be affected or how long this will be for.”

The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris has said his prayers are with all the families affected by the explosion.

He took to Twitter to say: “My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families on Mallowdale Avenue following the incident this morning. Thank you to all of the emergency services who are currently on the scene. “

Lancashire Fire said on Twitter that 10 units were called to the terraced row and firefighters were searching a collapsed property.Lancashire Fire said on Twitter that 10 units were called to the terraced row and firefighters were searching a collapsed property.
Lancashire Fire said on Twitter that 10 units were called to the terraced row and firefighters were searching a collapsed property. | jpi

Emergency services in HeyshamEmergency services in Heysham
Emergency services in Heysham | jpi

In a statement on Twitter, police said: “We remain at scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which has caused 2 houses to collapse & badly damaged another.In a statement on Twitter, police said: “We remain at scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which has caused 2 houses to collapse & badly damaged another.
In a statement on Twitter, police said: “We remain at scene of a suspected gas explosion on Mallowdale Ave Heysham which has caused 2 houses to collapse & badly damaged another. | jpi

Police officers at the scenePolice officers at the scene
Police officers at the scene | jpi

A news conference is currently underwayA news conference is currently underway
A news conference is currently underway | jpi

The North West Ambulance Service tweeted that it had sent units to the scene, with a priority to “ensure people receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible”.

Electricity North West wrote on social media that it had paused electricity supplies to the area for safety reasons while the blast was being investigated.

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