Haxby
Photo of the scene taken soon after the explosion in HaxbyTwitter/Rob Varley

There has been at least one casualty after a house was completely destroyed in a suspected gas explosion in North Yorkshire on 19 February. Photos taken soon after the incident show a flattened house in a street in the Spring Wood area of Haxby.

The blast also shattered the windows of the neighbouring houses. North Yorkshire Police said there are four fire crews attending the house, attempting to extinguish a fire and carry out a search of the property.

A local resident, who did not wish to be named, described hearing the bang. He told the Press Association: "The house has been completely flattened. It sounded as if a bus or something had crashed into a house, or like an aeroplane crash. All the properties adjacent to the one that's blown up have got damaged windows and garages."

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Emergency services are at the scene of an explosion at a property in Springwood, Haxby near York. Extensive damage has been caused to one house and a number of others in the area are also damaged. Local residents have been evacuated and a rest centre has been set up at Haxby Memorial Hall for those affected.

"The explosion was reported to North Yorkshire Police at 7.30am today [19 February]. There is at least one casualty, however, we are unable to provide any further information regarding casualties at this stage. The area is cordoned off and there will be disruption to the surrounding area as emergency services work to protect the wider area."

Police are also advising people to stay away from the area and local residents to remain indoors. A relief centre has been set up at the nearby Memorial Hall for people affected by the explosion.

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