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Firefighters tackle blaze following explosion at house

By PA News

Police are trying to establish if anyone is missing following an explosion at a house in Kent.

Several people were believed to have been trapped and had to be freed by emergency services.

Ambulance staff are assessing patients at the scene in Willesborough, Ashford.

Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a house and are now working to extinguish the last remaining signs of fire.

Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Members of the public have been urged to avoid the area and residents have been asked to keep their windows closed.

Firefighters were called to Mill View at 7.57am on Tuesday and four fire engines are at the scene.

Two casualties have been passed into the care of the ambulance service, the fire service said.

The chimney of the house remained standing (Gareth Fuller/PA)
The chimney of the house remained standing (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) confirmed that ambulance crews including a Hazardous Area Response Team are in attendance.

A spokesman said: “We are assessing patients at the scene and will issue further details when available.”

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “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.”


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