One child has died and four adults have been injured in a suspected gas explosion on May 16 in Heysham, Lancashire in northwest England, police said.
“Sadly, we can now confirm a young child has died and four other people have been injured, two seriously,” Lancashire Police stated on Twitter after responding to a call of an explosion at about 2:40 a.m.
Two-year-old George Arthur Hinds was declared dead at the hospital, according to officials. His parents — Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds — were injured in the blast, but not seriously.
The police said that two others were in the hospital for their critical injuries.
About 30 to 40 people were reportedly evacuated.
Assistant Chief Constable Jo Edwards said at a press conference that search operations continue but “we believe we have got everybody out.”
The explosion on Mallowdale Avenue caused two houses to collapse and badly damaged another, according to police.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Officer Ben Norman said that the investigation into the cause of the explosion would be conducted “slowly and methodically.”
“We’ll work to conclude this incident safely and work with support and concern for the local community to ensure they can rebuild and go back to their normal lives in due course,” Norman said.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Consultant Paramedic Matt House said he had not seen such a blast in the United Kingdom during his 20 years of service.
NWAS said in a statement that it deployed six ambulances, four doctors, and a hazardous area response team.
Lancaster City Council Leader Erica Lewis said that the councils would offer housing support to those affected by the blast.
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