Man dies as house collapses after explosion in Lancashire

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One person died in a house collapse in Lancashire.

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Emergency services were called to a house in Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, shortly after 1.20 pm on Friday.

Eight fire engines were present at the scene, along with an urban search and rescue team, sniffer dogs, Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service. Air support was also provided by the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.


Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Tony Crook said the house had collapsed when firefighters arrived at the scene.

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

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Several nearby properties have been evacuated and a security cordon has been put in place around the area, he said.

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, a resident of the neighborhood said: “My wife thought a washing machine blew up until we went outside and the whole part of the house was completely blown up”.

The Lancashire Constabulary has confirmed one person has been killed in the incident. A spokesman said: “We can now sadly confirm that one person has died, believed to be a man in his 50s at this stage. His next of kin have been notified and our condolences at this time.” with their loved ones.”

A joint investigation into the cause of the explosion has been launched and is in its early stages, but Mr Crook said Bass was initially believed to be responsible for the explosion.

A security cordon is in place around the property and officials are assisting in the welfare of those who have been evacuated from neighboring properties.


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