Huge ‘gas explosion’ on street in Ashford ‘blows off front of house’ as fire crews rush to scene
- Four fire crews called to Mill View in Willesborough in Ashford at just before 8am
- Several people were trapped inside house before being freed, Kent Police said
- Officers are still trying to find out if anyone is missing or if there are casualties
The front of a house was ‘blown off’ today after a suspected gas explosion on a residential street.
Paramedics and four fire engines were called to Mill View in Willesborough, Ashford just before 8am.
Several people were trapped in the house before being freed, according to police. It is not known at this stage if there are any casualties and officers are trying to find out if anyone else is missing.
Paramedics and four fire engines were called to Mill View in Willesborough in Ashford, Kent just before 8am
Dramatic video shows flames and smoke billowing from the house as police urge passers-by to stay away.
‘Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone,’ a witness tweeted.
Kent Police said: ‘Officers from Kent Police are currently working alongside colleagues from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service after being called to a report of an explosion in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford at 7.57am on Tuesday.
‘A number of people were reported to have been trapped and they were freed by emergency services. Officers are working to establish if anyone else is unaccounted for.
‘Officers are advising people to avoid the area and asking local people to keep their windows closed.’
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: ‘Kent Fire and Rescue Service is at the scene of a house fire following a reported explosion in Mill View, in Willesborough, Ashford.
‘Four fire engines are in attendance.’
Gas engineers are being sent to the scene.
Dramatic video shows flames and smoke billowing from a house as police urge passers-by to stay away
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