Man dead after house collapses in suspected gas explosion

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One person died when a house collapsed after the explosion.

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Officials have started investigation after initially suspecting it to be gas.

The resulting fire spread to a neighborhood home before firefighters could control it.

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At around 1.20 p.m. Friday, emergency services were called to Kirkby Avenue in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley.

Lancashire Police confirmed the death of a man in the incident, believed to be a man in his 50s.

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A spokesman said: “His family has been notified and our condolences are with his loved ones at this time.”

Tony Crook, area manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said the house collapsed when firefighters arrived.

Mr Crook said: “The fire was fierce and spread to the front door. We have brought the fire under control now.”

He said specialist urban search and rescue teams and dogs were deployed to search for casualties in the rubble of the house.

He said the cause of the explosion was initially believed to be gas.

Barry, a local resident, said his wife heard the explosion and initially thought a washing machine had exploded. “But as soon as we came out, the entire front part of the house was completely devastated and collapsed within half an hour.” He told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Police said the joint investigation with the fire service is in its early stages and is ongoing.

The force said a cordon has been formed around the property and the local authority’s allies are assisting in the welfare of the people evicted from the neighboring properties.

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