A young child has been killed and four persons seriously injured after a huge explosion
ripped through three houses in Lancashire, according to reports
A major incident was declared after the incident rocked terraced houses in Heysham
early on Sunday morning, with residents evacuated. The explosion reportedly destroyed
up to three homes. Lancashire Fire tweeted 10 units were called to a row of properties
on Mallowdale Avenue at around 2.30 am and that firefighters were searching a
The organization said: ‘A major incident has been declared after we (were) called to
terraced houses on Mallowdale Avenue. It has been reported that there has been an
explosion at a property and firefighters are searching the collapsed property.’ BBC
Lancaster reported on Sunday that a young child has died and four people were injured
in the incident. Several residents tweeted that up to three houses had collapsed and that
emergency services sirens had been heard near the scene for a prolonged time.
Lancashire Police said a safety cordon had been put in place and nearby residents had
been evacuated in the town, which lies some 25 miles northeast of Blackpool.
The force said: ‘We are asking people to please avoid the entire area while we deal
with this ongoing incident.’ The North West Ambulance Service tweeted that it had
also sent units to the scene, with a priority to ‘ensure people receive the medical
help they need as quickly as possible. The Service wrote: ‘Following reports of
an explosion on Mallowdale Avenue, #Heysham, we have resources at the scene and
we are working with @LancashireFRS and @LancsPolice’.