Man dies after house collapses in suspected gas explosion

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man has died after one House A suspect fell in a gas explosion.

emergency services Called for reports of a house fire in Clayton-le-Woods, chorlehandjob lancashire, Friday at around 1.20 pm.

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a spokesperson for Lancashire Police Confirmed that one person died in the incident—believed to be a man in his 50s—in the incident on Kirkby Avenue.

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

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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 next door. We have now extinguished the fire.”

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

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

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

After the explosion, nearby residents were evacuated and a security cordon was put in place.

Police said roads were also closed and people have been advised to avoid the area.

A spokesman for the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said earlier several equipment was at the scene and advised residents to close windows and doors if they were affected by any smoke.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said Friday afternoon: “Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is currently on the scene with a MERIT (Medical Emergency Response Incident Team) doctor, an ambulance and an operational commander.”

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