Two adults and two children are hospitalized after a massive explosion at a house in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The explosion, which locals described as a bombing, damaged four homes in Gorse Park in Kinkadeston, Air, on Monday evening.
Several police cars, ambulances and firefighters arrived at the scene in Gorse Park around 7:10 pm and inquiries are on to determine the cause of the blast.
Local residents described the surrounding areas as “like a scene from a movie” and reported that a house “disappeared”, with both sides of the property severely damaged.
Local councilor Chris Cullen told bbc radio scotland That the explosion was caused by a gas explosion. He described the scene as “quite harrowing actually”.
“Early morning yesterday there was a queue of houses and now there is a hole,” he said. “Two and a half houses are missing. It is quite shocking how far the debris has fallen and the damage it has caused.”
The area has now been evacuated and Mr Cullen said it could take up to 10 days for people to be allowed to return to their homes. Rest centers and shelters have been set up to take care of the displaced.
Former military personnel Kerr McCann said he was on his way home when he saw “a huge pile of fire” in the sky nearby. He said: “Immediately after I felt a big bang. I knew it was an explosion. I was in the military so I know what explosions are like.
“I ran about a quarter mile away… There was a fire in the back garden and there was a lot where the house was.
“The house was not where it belonged, it was scattered around the street.”
“The whole house has disappeared”, he said, adding: “The huge end of the second house has opened up and there are cars with shrapnel windows.”
A 20-year-old woman who lived a short distance from the blast site said she saw cars and debris scattered on the road. “It was like a scene from a movie,” she said. “It didn’t feel like real life. I live a ten minute walk so came downstairs to see what was going on. I heard this really low bang and felt a rumble.
“I could see cars breaking their windscreens and roofs, bricks lying near the street where it happened.
“It’s shocking to see, I’ve never seen so many emergency services in my life. Everyone’s just hoping and praying.”
Siobian Brown, MSP for Air, Prestwick and Tron, urged people to avoid the area. She wrote on her Facebook page: “We are with those affected in the Kincadston area upon hearing of an explosion.
“Please avoid the area if you can and let the emergency services do their job.”
An entrepreneur in the area has created a JustGiving page to raise funds for those affected by the blast. The message on the page read: “I am a local business owner and also run a CIC focused on mental health. A member of our team lives in the estate with his family and their and several other families’ houses have been damaged to a great extent by the blast.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Gas Network said on Tuesday morning: “Last night at around 8 pm we received a request to assist emergency services following reports of a serious explosion in Gorse Park, Air.
“We understand that four people are being treated at a local hospital and our condolences are with them and their families.
“Our engineers continue to work with emergency services to ensure that the immediate vicinity is made safe in our role as a gas emergency service.
“While it is too early to predict what has happened, we are working closely with the authorities to help determine the cause.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Four homes were affected by the explosion. Two adults and two children were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock.
“Several campuses have been evacuated and two local rest centers have been set up to assist.
“Local roads are closed and we would advise people to avoid this area at the present time.”
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